Alan Alda Asks Scientists ‘What Is A Flame?’

At age 11, actor Alan Alda asked his teacher what a flame was. He received a confusing answer: “oxidation.” In the spirit of better communicating science, he’s created the “Flame Challenge,” a contest in which scientists do their best to define a flame. Eleven-year-olds from around the world will judge the entries.

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Alan Alda

Alan Alda is an actor and writer. He’s a board member of the World Science Festival, and Co-founder and Visiting Professor at the The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.