An Animated History of Physics Introduces the Discoveries of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell & Einstein

How can you present scientific ideas to an audience of all ages — scientists and non-scientists alike — so that these ideas will stick in people’s minds? Since 2012, BBC Two has been trying to answer this question with its series “Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.” Irish stand-up comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain invites experts to his show to tackle the biggest concepts in science in a way that is understandable to non-experts as well. Film clips and animations are used to visualize the ideas and concepts dealt with in the show.

In 2012, Åsa Lucander, a London-based animator originally from Finland, was approached by the BBC with the task of creating an animation about the history of physics. The result is as entertaining as it is instructive. The clip deals with the discoveries of four major scientists and the impact of their findings: Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein.

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By profession, Matthias Rascher teaches English and History at a High School in northern Bavaria, Germany. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twitter.

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  1. Why why says . . . | August 22, 2013 / 8:29 am

    YOU MAKE A PHYSICS HISTORY THING WITHOUT HAVING NICOLA TESLA? ARE U FUCKING STUPID? THIS VIDEO IS SHIT.

  2. Cinzia says . . . | August 22, 2013 / 9:59 am

    Nikola Tesla was probably left out because he was an electrical and mechanical engineer.

  3. pgrudin says . . . | August 23, 2013 / 11:43 am

    Physics began in the European Renaissance? What about Pythagoras? What about Archimedes?

    You are terribly misleading to present a history of physics that begins in the middle of that history without any mention of the start.

  4. Marco Fulvio Barozzi says . . . | August 26, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    @Why why: I thought that Teslianism was an Italian new kind of religion, but sadly I discover that it spread everywhere… And what about chemtrails and microchips underskin?

  5. Jane says . . . | September 21, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    The animation is cute, but it explains nothing.

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