Physics, Hollywood and Rock Stars

What Hollywood actress said the following in a recent interview for GQ magazine?

I’m interested in elementary particles, any spare time I have, I bury my head in a physics textbook. The elements at the atomic and subatomic level make up everything. You, me, the buildings, our souls, our minds. I’m reading a lot about Einstein. I like theories. I want to understand string theory. I’m dying for someone to explain quarks to me!

Answer
Anne Hathaway.

What rock-star recently acknowledged that watching quantum physics videos on YouTube had affected her music?

Quantum physics has done my band a world of good.

Answer
Courtney Love

Thanks to Physics World for those.
It reminds me of the beginning of the brilliant E = mc squared; A biography of the world’s most famous equation, written by David Bodanis, where the author describes his inspiration for writing the book:

A while ago I was reading an interview with the actress Cameron Diaz in a movie magazine. At the end the interviewer asked her if there was anything she wanted to know, and she said she’d like to know what E = mc squared really means. They both laughed, then Diaz mumbled that she’d meant it, and then the interview ended.

All the material required to make Leaving Cert Physics a fascinating subject already exists – all we have to do is bring it together.
Don’t hold your breath.

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