60 Second Adventures in Thought

A short while back, the Open University in the UK came up with an incredibly witty and informative little series about the history of the English language, told in ten minute-long cartoons. Today I came across this article, that talked about a similar series from the OU, featuring six of history’s great thought experiments (Schrödinger’s Cat, Achilles and the Tortoise, among others). According to the Open University website,

Can a cat be both alive and dead? Can a computer think? How does a tortoise beat Achilles in a race? Voiced by comedian David Mitchell, these fast-paced animations explain six famous thought experiments, from the ancient Greeks to Albert Einstein, that have changed the way we see the world. Subjects as vast as time travel, infinity, quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence, are squeezed into 60-second clips that will tickle your funny bone and blow your mind.

So here go you, six minutes of food for thought on a Monday afternoon. Enjoy!

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