Doctor Austin and Doug Safety's Time-Tastical Time Tale
It’s science Jim, but not as we know it
This article is from 2009.
Time travel is a gift to fiction writers, but when it comes to the facts, even Doctor Who had to resort to describing it as ‘a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff’.
Dr Austin and Doug Safety have set themselves a hard task. Starting with wormholes and taking in entropy, cryogenics, Einstein and Tesla, the idea is to introduce a range of time travel methods and demonstrate them with experiments and a lot of liquid nitrogen. The experiments themselves range from spectacular to a bit iffy, with the audience having to abandon the principles of the scientific method and just take Safety’s word for it when one fails completely.
Austin Low is great as the over-enthusiastic lab assistant. He avoids being patronising, explains the science succinctly and keeps things moving with ad libs and crowd interaction. Doug MacDonald, with a PhD in astrophysics, obviously has the knowledge, but trips over conveying the basics.
As an introduction to science this is too scattershot, and for those already familiar with the concepts it’s too simplistic. Skip the learning part and go along expecting to enjoy a knockabout show with science tricks and gags.
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