CERN’s Cosmic Piano and Jazz Pianist Jam Together at The Montreux Jazz Festival

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The Montreux Jazz Festival — the second largest jazz festival in the world — has seen many acts come and go since it kicked off in 1967. Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Nina Simone, Bill Evans and Ella Fitzgerald have all played there.


The Mysterious Physics Behind How Bikes Ride by Themselves

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So simple and yet so complex. The bicycle remains the world’s most popular form of transportation, found in households worldwide, in countries rich and poor. And yet the bike remains something of a mystery to us. How the bike can ride almost on its own is something physicists still ponder and write academic papers about.


Albert Einstein Tells His Son The Key to Learning & Happiness is Losing Yourself in Creativity (or “Finding Flow”)

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As one particularly astute observer of human emotions might put it, it is a truth universally acknowledged that we can’t all be Albert Einstein. In fact, none of us can. That unique experience was denied even Einstein’s son Hans Albert, though he did go on to his own distinguished career as an engineer and professor of hydraulics.


Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song”: Hear the Newly-Released Single

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The “Galaxy Song” first appeared in the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and it has been revived in later years — on Monty Python albums, and in Monty Python stage plays. Now the song originally written by Eric Idle has been re-recorded, this time with the lyrics sung by the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking.


Isaac Newton Creates a List of His 57 Sins (Circa 1662)

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Sir Isaac Newton, arguably the most important and influential scientist in history, discovered the laws of motion and the universal force of gravity. For the first time ever, the rules of the universe could be described with the supremely rational language of mathematics.


Alan Alda Uses Improv to Teach Scientists How to Communicate Their Ideas

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Woe to the famous actor who dares to write a novel or start a band or design a line of clothing. The public can be awfully snobby about such extracurricular pursuits. We reward our children for cultivating a wide range of interests, but heaven forfend a celebrity who wanders away from the accepted script.


Albert Einstein Sports a Native American Headdress and a Peace Pipe at the Grand Canyon, 1931

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In 1931, Caltech invited Albert Einstein to spend some time on their campus, with the hopes that he might eventually join their faculty.


Neil deGrasse Tyson Ponders the Big Question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose” in a Simple Animation

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The Templeton Foundation asked some heavy-hitter thinkers to answer the question, “Does the Universe Have a Purpose”. Some said “Yes” and “Certainly.” Others concluded “Unlikely” and “No.


Stephen Hawking’s Big Ideas Explained with Simple Animation

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Full disclosure: On my 7th grade report card, a sympathetic science teacher tempered a shockingly low grade with a handwritten note to my parents. Something to the effect of it being her opinion that my interest in theater would, ultimately, serve me far better than any information she was attempting to ram through my skull.


Animated Introductions to Quantum Mechanics: From Schrödinger’s Cat to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

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If you never quite got a hang of quantum mechanics, you can take another run at it by watching four animated Ted-Ed primers, created by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College. He’s also the author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog.


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