We believe this film could also be a useful resource for science teachers wanting to convey the subject-specific meaning of “theory” to their students. Showing it to the class after a discussion around children’s understanding of the word might form part of a lesson on “how science works”, for example.
And who knows, if enough people watch and share the film [above], perhaps it’ll encourage people to think more deeply before they argue about well-established science and claim that it’s “just a theory”? [Royal Institution Blog]
Jim Al-Khalili narrates the video enthusiastically, and is quoted above discussing the purpose behind the video. The animation by Jack Kenny is reminiscent of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and works well. Alom Shaha’s words are well represented by them both – in three minutes the distinction between a scientific theory and a passionate opinion down the pub is articulately communicated without talking down to anyone.
Please do share and enjoy the video!
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog