Friday, October 29, 2004

Science on Today

It's worrying how little that some otherwise intelligent people know about science. Another portion of the Theory of Relativity has been confirmed recently and one of the physicists who confirmed it (Erricos Pavlis) was interviewed on the Today programme on Radio 4. It was actually embarrasing listening to the interview. Today presenters are intelligent, well-informed people, but this fellow (whose name I didn't catch – he's certainly not one of the regulars) was clearly struggling to keep up. After a clear and concise explanation of the effect, Pavlis seemed taken aback but rallied well when asked to explain what spacetime was! And after that, the presenter took refuge in the "wasn't Einstein clever" routine. Cringeworthy. Another reason why science needs to be better taught at school.

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