Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

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At age 11, actor Alan Alda asked his teacher, “What’s a flame?” His teacher replied, “Oxidation”—an answer that didn’t suit Alda. So in 2012, Alda launched his Flame Challenge, asking scientists to explain the concept of a flame, with children as the judges. Now he’s back with his third challenge: What is color?

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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.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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