Alan Alda

Jan. 31, 2014

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.

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Dec. 14, 2012

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: What Is Time?

Calling all scientists! How do you explain the concept of time to an 11-year-old?

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Jun. 08, 2012

The Winning Answer to a Burning Question

The winner of Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ draws on animation, song and a physics background.

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Mar. 23, 2012

Alan Alda Asks Scientists 'What Is A Flame?'

Eleven-year-olds from around the world will judge entries to Alda's "Flame Challenge."

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