Monday January 20 2020
January 12, 2016

David Bowie: Under Pressure!

I am lucky enough to grow up with the generation of David Bowie and Queen.

When I was a little boy, I had two dreams. They were to become:

  • a rock star
  • a scuba diver

I couldn’t become a rock star (yet:)

But I became a scuba diver when I was 12.

In academic sessions of my scuba diving course, our scuba dive instructor was always talking about “pressure.

She was repeatedly saying “under pressure.

Boyle’s Law, you know.

Here is the description of Boyle’s Law from Wikipedia*:

The absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system

David Bowie


How a 12 year old boy can memorize this?

David Bowie helped me a lot about this issue.

As you know, this song was recorded by David Bowie and Queen in 1981.

Then we heard this song in Queen’s famous album: Hot Space.

I loved that song (still loving, actually) and whoever told me about Boyle’s Law, I was murmuring “under pressure!

David Bowie and Queen really helped me to memorize Boyle’s Law.

Even after I became a dive instructor, I always advised my students to memorize the song “under pressure” when they hear something about Boyle’s Law.

And sadly, couple of days ago, we lost David Bowie.

He was the rock star I was dreaming to become one day when I was a little boy.

He was my saver when my dive instructor asked me about Boyle’s Law.

He was an icon.

May you rest in peace, David Bowie!

And when someone talks about Boyle’s Law, I am going to go on murmuring:

Under Pressure… volume decreases…


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