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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Complicated Science Down to Its Essence

This article from Mental Floss.  Could be interesting for you or your kids (although I'm not thrilled with the explanation of Web Development).  A fun read.  (Note: no, we don't want to "dumb" down science but make it easier for kids to get that basic idea so they get that a ha! moment and want to learn more.)

1 comment:

Greg Linden said...

To be clear, it appears the goal was to describe scientific fields "using only the 1000 most frequent words in English", not so much to communicate those ideas concisely and clearly. It's a bit of a joke.

By the way, on a related topic, there's a great recent TED talk by a science teacher arguing for more storytelling and fun in teaching science. Definitely worth watching. It's called "Hey science teachers -- make it fun".