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Tricks of Perspective – Christmas Lectures with Eric M Rogers

Therefore, we have to have a warning against believing these descriptions too strongly. We only use the statement that an atom is round as a way of explaining something about its symmetry. I want to issue my warning by doing a measurement I would like to be able to measure my average diameter. We’ll use…

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How To Make An Ames Room Illusion – At home science – ExpeRimental #23

We can all sense how far away things are. There are lots of ways we perceive distance, but a classic method we learn at a young age is that things that are further away look smaller. In this activity you and your children will explore how size affects the way we perceive distance, and use…

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How To Make a Hollow Mask Illusion – At home science – ExpeRimental #22

We make a lot of assumptions about the world around us, often based on experience. These assumptions help us make judgments and decisions quickly, but they’re not always correct. In this activity you and your kids will try to confuse your brains with an unusual mask. Tadaaa. Here we go! Have you seen something like…

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Static magic – Science with children – ExpeRimental #5

Oooh! Can I try that? I am using The Force! Now, this is the closest I get to doing magic. But this isn’t actually a trick, this is a demonstration of static electricity and it’s a really fun way way of getting your children interested in some really interesting phenomena. Now watch that, just an…

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How to Create the Perfect Floating Ball Illusion – The Science Behind Jeff Koons’ Art

Is that floating? That is floating! Of course you can actually see… I’m Fran. I’m the Science Content Producer at the Royal Institution. And the other day I was in the Ashmolean, in Oxford, in the UK and there was a Jeff Koons exhibition. Now despite what you think of Jeff Koons as an artist…

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How To Make An Ames Room Illusion – Psychology for Kids – ExpeRimental #23

We can all sense how far away things are. There are lots of ways we perceive distance, but a classic method we learn at a young age is that things that are further away look smaller. In this activity you and your children will explore how size affects the way we perceive distance, and use…

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How To Make a Hollow Mask Illusion – Psychology for Kids – ExpeRimental #22

We make a lot of assumptions about the world around us, often based on experience. These assumptions help us make judgments and decisions quickly, but they’re not always correct. In this activity you and your kids will try to confuse your brains with an unusual mask. Tadaaa. Here we go! Have you seen something like…

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Amazing Body Illusions! Psychology for Kids – ExpeRimental #24

Our brain uses a combination of senses to provide information about where our body parts are. This awareness is known as proprioception. Although this mostly comes from internal body information, it can be tricked or confused by external senses such as sight and touch. In this activity your kids will work through a number of…

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The Magic of Consciousness

Consciousness matters to us. Arguably it matters more than anything. Take away the magic of sensations, the magic we create, and we’d be smaller creatures living in the duller world. Yet consciousness is still a scientific mystery. Does it mean there are dimensions to the universe that science doesn’t understand? Or could it all be…

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What Happens When Maths Goes Wrong? – with Matt Parker

[APPLAUSE] Yeah! Huh? Oh, calm down. Thank you all very much for coming along for an exciting evening of mathematics. My name is Matt Parker. I used to be a maths teacher, which is why I know that person is on their phone while I’m talking. Honestly. [LAUGHTER] Unbelievable. Once a teacher, always a teacher….

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