Maybe you think I’ve finally lost it and are wondering why the guy from M*A*S*H (or 30 Rock or The West Wing or a ton of other stuff) is this week’s Science Crush. But keep reading…
Alan Alda (born Alphonso D’Abruzzo…which has kind of a sexy Italian sound to it if you say it right) has, for the been at the forefront of communicating science, hosting Scientific American Frontiers
on PBS and helping to create the Center for Communicating Science
at Stony Brook University (which is awesome because that’s where I am!).
Lately he’s been making the rounds discussing the Flame Challenge
, which is an awesome and inspiring competition that Alan founded. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is that scientists were asked to explain what a flame is to 11-year-olds. It may sound simple, but I can tell you, this is no easy task. Scientists have brought their A-games in terms of creativity, submitting videos, cartoons, and wonderful explanations.
Here’s Mr. Alda on The Colbert Report discussing the challenge and just being an all-around charmer.