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Ian Harris: on 9/27/14 at 1:36am UTC, wrote Very unique filming style. I appreciate the humor that you implemented into...

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Marc Séguin: on 8/30/14 at 21:03pm UTC, wrote Clint, Your Wonder of Physics shows are the very embodiment of "show me...

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August 19, 2022

CATEGORY: Show Me the Physics! Video Contest (2014) [back]
TOPIC: Physics of the Wisconsin Idea by Julien Clinton Sprott [refresh]
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Julien Clinton Sprott wrote on Aug. 22, 2014 @ 17:52 GMT
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Prof. Sprott uses an audience volunteer assistant from Chicago to demonstrate a tornado that malfunctions and knocks her to the floor. When she recovers, she is told that she must learn some physics and travel to The City of Green and Gold to find the Wizard of Wisc who will help her get back home. After encountering a straw man, a lion, and a tin man, she finds the Wizard of Wisc who turns out to be Prof. Sprott in disguise.

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Julien Clinton Sprott, born September 16, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, received his B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964 and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for several years before returning to the University of Wisconsin to join the physics faculty in 1973. In 2008, he became an Emeritus Professor of Physics.

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Member Marc Séguin wrote on Aug. 30, 2014 @ 21:03 GMT

Your Wonder of Physics shows are the very embodiment of "show me the physics", so they truly belong in this contest! The young kids that are your target audience certainly seem to enjoy themselves. In this Wisconsin Idea program, I particularly enjoyed the infrared light/greenhouse effect demonstration around the 12 minute mark: it was intriguing and made an interesting use of infrared detectors and cameras. You are lucky to have so many great demonstration materials and equipment that you can use!

The military guy, the "General of Relativity" (!), was also quite good, although some prospective science students might be disappointed to learn that most physicists do not regularly blow stuff up! The nitrogen cannon was great, and there was a clear explanation of the third law, so there was some "tell me the physics" to go with the "show me the physics". (On the negative side, it is a little unfortunate that some demonstrations do not translate well to video, because of the limitations of the camera, like the shoot-the-monkey demo at the 42 minute mark.)

I hope your videos do well in this contest. Good luck!


P.S. If you have a chance to view, comment and vote on my trilogy of videos entitled "This Is Physics" --- where I try to convey the "fun of physics" by focusing on some of the greatest moments of its history --- it would be quite appreciated!

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Member Tejinder Pal Singh wrote on Sep. 6, 2014 @ 21:49 GMT
Hi. This and the other two Wonders of Physics videos entered in this contest have some of the most educative and entertaining physics demos I have come across. My compliments for a fantastic job!


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Ian C Harris wrote on Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:36 GMT
Very unique filming style. I appreciate the humor that you implemented into it!

If you get a chance stop by and give our video a watch/ rate it too!

Thanks is advance,

Ian Harris

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