60-Second Adventures in Thought

Six famous thought experiments.

How does a humble tortoise beat a mighty hero in a race? Can a cat be simultaneously alive and dead? And what do our grandfathers have to do with time travel?

This compilation of animations from the Open University, voiced by David Mitchell, illustrates six mind-bending questions in physics, maths and science.  

From ancient Greece to the 20th century, discover how our family trees can prove time travel illogical, why Schrödinger’s cat poses a problem for quantum mechanics, and how a never-ending hotel filled with guests helps to explain the nature of infinity.

Plus, why does an identical twin in space prove Einstein’s theory of relativity, and how does an English-speaking person sat in a Chinese room challenge the concept of artificial intelligence?

Themes

Talking Science

Details

Type:
Animation
Published:
2012
Filmed:
2011
Credits:

Open University

Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

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