Friday, 25 September 2009

Sixty Symbols

The University of Nottingham have created another set of really useful videos, this time intended to 'unravel some of those mysteries' concerning scientific symbols. The Sixty Symbols projects breaks down the confusing 'squiggles and letters' commonly used in physics and astronomy into short 5-10 minute videos. On occasions where there isn't a symbol, such as for the Schrödinger's cat experiment (a famous 'thought experiment'), they make one up and continue with their stories.

The project also includes short videos concerning issues in physics and astronomy such as planetary spots found on both Jupiter and Venus by amateur astronomists, as well as an inside look at the amazing Professor Martyn Poliakoff's brain via magnetic resonace imaging. Interestingly Sir Peter Mansfield, also of the University of Nottingham, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for his joint discoveries reflecting the fundamental importance and applicability of MRI in the medical field.

If you like the work they've been doing here, also have a look at their Periodic Table of Videos (I also wrote a post about this here) and keep an eye out for The Next Sixty Symbols coming soon.

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