Alan Alda challenged scientists to explain what a flame is to an 11-year-old. Three months and more than 800 entries later he is back with the winner of the contest. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the winning entry and why the contest was an effective exercise in science communication.
In the video above, Alda describes what inspired him to launch the “flame challenge.”
Flora Lichtman is host of The Adaptors podcast and former SciFri multimedia producer in New York, New York.
Alan Alda is an actor, director, screenwriter and an advisor and board member for the World Science Festival. He is also a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
Ben Ames is a PhD Candidate of Quantum Optics with the University of Innsbruck. He is based in Innsbruck, Austria.