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The Flame Challenge

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jim.od3@gmail.com, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Jim.od3@gmail.com

    Jim.od3@gmail.com Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I recently heard Alan Alda on the radio talking about "The Flame Challenge", which is a challenge to the scientific community to explain "What is a Flame?" at a level that an 11 yr old could understand. This was done as part of Alan Alda's work with the StonyBrook University Center for Communicating Science. The question came from Alda's own unsatisfied curiousity as a child.

    Many scientists submitted answers in various formats and at various depths. The winning submission was a video. I think it is the best explanation of what a flame is that I have ever seen, and I thought hearth.com folks might be interested to know what it is they are staring at in their wood stove from a physicist's point of view.

    Here is the link to the video.
    And here is the link to "The Flame Challenge" web site.

    The "Flame Challenge" question for 2013 is "What is time?" Try explaining that to an 11yr old!


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  2. FanMan

    FanMan Feeling the Heat

    Mar 4, 2012
    CT stix & upstate NY
    Cool, thanks! Just sent the link to my daughter, who's a middle school science teacher.
  3. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    N.E. Penna
    That video is def well done.

    Thanks for sharing.


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