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David Goehring: on 9/25/14 at 13:56pm UTC, wrote Great work! This is really cool. I learned a lot. Just rated you 5 stars. ...

Mark Prince: on 9/15/14 at 10:58am UTC, wrote Thanks Henri, Part 1 (and indeed part 3) of the heat transfer can be found...

Henri De Roule: on 9/14/14 at 22:04pm UTC, wrote Part 2??? Where is part 1? It was a great explanation of convection and...

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CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
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Mark Edward Prince wrote on Apr. 18, 2014 @ 20:44 GMT
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Physics? Heat Transfer? Convection? Who Cares? You should! Heat transfer effects all of our lives from cooking, heating our homes to wild weather, ocean currents and earthquake unleashing continental drift! Let the Science geeks explain...

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Currently Head of Science at a British Military School, I am a science obsessed dad, husband, ukulele playing, sci-fi fan and leader of the fledgling Science Geek video empire on youtube. Our mission? To spread science knowledge around the world with a hint of insanity and a dusting of madcap humour.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jul. 5, 2014 @ 15:08 GMT
Dear Mr. Prince,

I found your video utterly engrossing. It also re-awakened in me a considerable amount of nostalgic regret. You have probably never heard of him, but you bear a striking resemblance to the Wigan born comedian George Formby. He too was a ukulele player. He too spoke with an accent not too dissimilar to the one you use.

I do hope that your video does well in the competition.

With high regards,

Joe Fisher

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Mark Edward Prince wrote on Jul. 6, 2014 @ 15:22 GMT
Dear Joe, thank you for your support. You have an uncanny talent for spotting the descendents of vintage, Lancastrian, ukulele playing entertainers. George Formby was indeed my grandmother. My accent, however, hails from West Yorkshire, not Lancashire. Normally, such an insult would lead me to challenging you to a Duell to the death but on this occasion l shall forgive you as you were a fan of my grandmother. I hope your video does well in the competition too.


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Claude Coulombe wrote on Aug. 23, 2014 @ 21:12 GMT
Instructive and funny! Great stuff!

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Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 6, 2014 @ 01:52 GMT

Most folks in the FQXi community believe that General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are the fundamental principles that govern the Universe, but you have successfully demonstrated that it is CONVECTION that rules the world! And for that, you deserve to win this constest!

Your video is great: the humor works, the pacing is dynamic, the animations help to understand the topic, the sound quality is excellent, you have a great voice for narration, and then there's the kettle. Who can ask for more?

I hope that you and the demented midgets you use as lab assistants get to make many more great videos! Good luck in the contest!


P.S. I suspect that many video creators in this contest do not realize that a video has to get at least 10 community votes before the deadline (September 12) to even get a chance to be considered for the final round. (Or maybe there's not much voting because everybody secretly despises each other's videos...) So, if you have the time to take a look at my completely not funny but oh so profound trilogy of videos "This Is Physics", it would be quite appreciated! Don't forget to use your video creator code to vote, so your votes get counted in the community category!

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Teresa Mendes replied on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 19:02 GMT
I agree with you Marc!

Great video, Mark!

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Kristen Hamilton wrote on Sep. 8, 2014 @ 14:36 GMT
I like this; you have good pacing, decent animations, and the video is engaging to the end. Good luck!


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madeleine richter wrote on Sep. 10, 2014 @ 23:27 GMT
Hi Mark,

I just watched your video and liked your ambitious, passionate and educative work! I can tell that you're an enthusiastic teacher, which are - as widely known - the best you can have. I liked that you emphasized and also challenged the relevance of the subject - especially if it is an easily understandable phenomenon (well you helped making it seem quite lucid). It is good to be reminded of the application and usefulness of this effect.

When you introduced how convection is connected to the ocean and our earth, my mind went immediately to the Gulf Stream and its relevance for our climate. I am reminded that the water's salt concentration influences the world's warm pump, which is itself currently altered by huge amounts of fresh water melting into the ocean from our poles. Even though this theory is currently challenged (see: Scientific American Volume 308, Issue 2 ) I think it would fit very well in your video.

Thank you for rating our video Mark. We wish you the best of luck and hope you keep up your attitude.


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Douglas Alexander Singleton wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 19:28 GMT
Dear Mark and company,

Very well done video and very informative. The plethora of examples you gave did convince us -- one should care about convection. By the way I guess they still have lava lamps (we saw one in your video) but these are powered by incandescent bulbs which are becoming rarer so that maybe one day it might not be possible to replace these in a lava lamp (either that or they'll have to make them specifically for that purpose). The sea breeze/land breeze example is also a good one since it is something people have experience.

If you have a chance have a look at our "Moment of Inertia..." video.

Best of luck,

Mike, Max, Dan, Simon, Doug

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Member Marc Séguin wrote on Sep. 11, 2014 @ 23:48 GMT

I am glad to see that your great video has gotten at least 10 votes and is doing so well in the community ratings! Thanks for the comment you left on the forum of part 1 of my trilogy of videos "This Is Physics". The first two parts have already gotten at least 10 community votes, but part 3, "Physics Into Darkness", is still one vote short... You probably already gave ratings for all 3 parts... but just in case you haven't gotten to rating part 3, it would be quite appreciated! Here's the direct link:

I hope your other video soon gets to 10 votes as well... you've already got my vote! Good luck!


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Henri Vonn De Roule wrote on Sep. 14, 2014 @ 22:04 GMT
Part 2??? Where is part 1? It was a great explanation of convection and why it matters in everyday life. I would have loved a bit more about how it works in nanoelectronics and other 21st century stuff, but overall great work!!!

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Mark Edward Prince wrote on Sep. 15, 2014 @ 10:58 GMT
Thanks Henri,

Part 1 (and indeed part 3) of the heat transfer can be found here on my science geeks you tube channel... would love to have had more complicated stuff in but it is aimed at kids between 11-16 so I don't want to scare them too much!

Good luck in the competition!


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David Goehring wrote on Sep. 25, 2014 @ 13:56 GMT
Great work! This is really cool.

I learned a lot. Just rated you 5 stars.

If you'd like, please check out my video Tons of Fun (physics rap) and vote for it. We just need 2 more votes! Thank you.

David G

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