I may have mentioned previously that one simple way of seeing which science concepts appeal to the general population is to look at popular science programs and note what they are concentrating on; chances are there won’t be much of an overlap between this and the school syllabus. Quantum theory is a case in point – the BBC aired a wonderful Horizon documentary a couple of weeks back entitled “How long is a piece of string?” and while I didn’t catch it when it first went out I figured it was just a matter of time before it appeared on YouTube. Broken up into six ten-minute slots there is a lot of potentially useful material there for the physics class if you’re prepared to drift off syllabus.
The Beeb is understandably a little finicky about their programs appearing on YouTube so you might like to download it while you can.
Hat-tip to my colleague Jerome Devitt for reminding me about this – why is it that our colleagues in the humanities seem to be more comfortable discussing the philosophical implications of modern science than we are?
Have the rest of us really tested and tasted too much?
While I’m at it, probably the most popular YouTube clip on the weirdness of the quantum world has got to be the following clip taken from “What the bleep do we know?”.
It really is a wonderful crazy world out there.
Quantum physics is by far the most mind-expanding, exciting experience on the planet.
The simplistic genius of the periodic table is now revealing more secrets with superatoms. The LHC may soon reveal another dimension or indicate that it is time we moved on from Einstein.
My only fear is that I may not live long enough to see a plumber discover the mystery of black holes by using a spanner and a doughnut.