Category Archives: physics

The Light Fantastic

I always loved this clip from PBS of Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman talking about light. If you ever want a fun read about an incredibly clever and mischievous fellow, pick up Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman.

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The Frontier

Here’s a great remix clip compiled by NASA fanboy Reid Gower: Reid said: I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None … Continue reading

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The Big Zoom

While it lacks the instructive power of the classic Powers of Ten, which I show each year at the start of my courses, this much newer video provides a more accurate and up-to-date zoom outward to the edge of what … Continue reading

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Embrace Life

Every year I have my students calculate why everyone should do this…

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Science Autotuned

John Boswell’s Symphony of Science project takes excerpts from famous science videos and converts them into song via Autotune. The Unbroken Thread features Carl Sagan, David Attenborough, and Jane Goodall: A Glorious Dawn features Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s … Continue reading

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Science Party Tricks

I love this video of science party tricks from magician and psychologist Richard Wiseman.

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The Pale Blue Dot That Always Makes Me Cry

The other day I had to choke back the tears in class again, for I always break down when I mention Carl Sagan and the Pale Blue Dot. Carl was a great popularizer of science and astronomy, perhaps best known … Continue reading

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