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30 Jun

I want to interview Dr. Michio Kaku

19 Jul

Does anyone know how to get in touch with him? http://mkaku.org/

Well, whether I end up interviewing him (we’re both New Yorkers after all, it could happen) or another physicist….

I want to know more about the following:

1. What is the String Theory?

2.What is the Unified Field Theory?

3. Please explain the scientific evidence for parallel universe…

4. …and wormholes

5. How does a theoretical physicist work? Can you actually get paid to dream up crazy things that you can’t prove.

6. What inspired you to become a scientist? What did you read /watch/play/do as a child that led to this?

7. What’s your opinion on the role of science fiction in leading to the interest and study of science fact? Is all Science Fiction good ?

I just watched 1 or 2 of Dr. Kaku’s videos:

He had me at “Physics is responsible for everything” and his love of Flash Gordon. Also, it was Science Fiction not science fact (alone) that inspired him to become a Physicist. Awhile ago there was a textbook company working on a series for high school students in which they would use Science Fiction to inspire children to become scientists.

I love that Montessori education a.k.a. Cosmic Education is all about engaging the imagination of the child and inspiring her to learn more. I know that Maria Montessori believed that it was better to engage the intelligence with abstract stories of our vast universe (God With No Hands) than with Fantasy (FlashGordon). I would argue that there is room for both.

After all, many of the technologies used by Star Trek (Classic) in the 70’s are now technological fact: skype (open a channel!) , cell phones (communicators). We’re still working on warp drive. Worm holes? I first heard of them on Star Trek DS9 not from reading Physics although I did both in High School.

Michio Kaku does a good job of delivering Science FACT in a playful way.

Scientists have to also be good storytellers if they want to engage a larger audience. I believe that’s where WE come in as Montessori teachers.

Some other good videos to watch:

https://www.ted.com/talks/brian_greene_on_string_theory

http://ed.ted.com/featured/WpwICtAH

Has anyone used Ted Talks in their classroom? I have not used them with elementary students but have viewed them as part of classes I’ve attended. I only heard about TED about 5 years ago for the first time.

 

 

 

Dr. Michio Kaku’s videos that  I like:

Einstein’s theory showed the limitations of the Newtonian model.

String Theory shows the limitations of Einstein’s Theory

“Like insects on a soap bubble”

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