Friday, March 02, 2007

Two Minutes or Less

In a group meeting yesterday, my colleagues pointed me to this interesting, um, contest, from Discover Magazine.
The Challenge
Just over a century ago, Albert Einstein published three groundbreaking scientific papers in one year, any one of which could have won him the Nobel Prize.

Taking a cue from The Great One, is now challenging armchair theorists to produce a similar feat of inspired - and speedy - brilliance.

Your goal is to create a video that quickly and clearly explains perhaps the most baffling idea in the history of the world: string theory.

And the best part is that you have just two minutes.

The Opportunity
The winning video will be selected by Columbia University physicist Brian Greene, best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, and broadcast via a prominent spot on the homepage of

The individual or team who submits the best video will be featured in an upcoming issue of Discover Magazine.

The Rules
The video should present an accurate, basic understanding of string theory that will stick in the brains of relatively intelligent non-scientists.

You can use any teaching aides you like (props, animation, etc.)

Submissions will be accepted from individuals and teams (subject to the terms and conditions).

Don't go over the time limit.
I wish I could explain anything in two minutes. My only question is why you wouldn't just go straight to YouTube...


Bee said...

Hi Peter,

the link to the contest is broken...

read also the fine-print. you don't only have to be smart:
Terms and Conditions

1. Eligibility: To submit a video for consideration in the "String Theory in 2 Minutes or Less" Video Contest, you must be
a legal resident of the United States 18 years of age or older.



Peter said...

the whole thing broke as soon as i posted it! and this whole thing sounds very "YouTube" to my taste, for better or (more likely) for worse!

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