Day 342: Back to the Old Drawing Board

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December 7, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

It sounds lame to say, but science is fun.  As a scientist, I’ve had a taste of how gruesome and gruelling science can be, but I’ve also had the chance to appreciate how it feels to make a difference through scientific pursuit of truth and understanding.  It’s fun, I promise.  I think if more people knew just how fun science could be, we might have a lot more scientists running around.  Not that I’m lonely, but I think a world with more scientists, engineers, mathematicians and programmers is a smarter, more productive, cooler, happier and more fun world.  That’s why I’m a fan of the folks behind today’s project – they’re out to make science look as fun as it can be.  ACMEScience has embarked on a mission to salvage the reputation of science in the minds of a generation exposed to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore.  They’re coming to Kickstarter to help raise awareness and support for this mission, and I’m happy to give it.  I hope I can convince you to do the same before December 14.

photo-full has spent the last four years trying to do something that very few others have ever attempted, create entertaining, insightful, and interesting content about mathematics and science. Started by Samuel Hansen in the beginning of 2009, ACMEScience has produced a pop-culture joke filled mathematical panel show, Combinations and Permutations, a show that interviews everyone from the CEO of a stats driven dating site to a stand up mathematician to Neil deGrasse Tyson, Strongly Connected Components, a show that tells the stories of the fights that behind DNA, dinosaurs, and the shape of the universe, Science Sparring Society, a video interview show that has featured predatory bacteria and crowdsourced questions, ACMEScience News Now, and a series of hour long journeys into the world of competitive AI checkers computers and stories of the most interesting 20th C mathematician and much more, Relatively Prime.


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