Scientists and Scientific Method

The series provides an insight into some of the world's most famous scientists, and some of the biggest discoveries ever made in science. These vlog style parody videos tell us about each scientist's biggest discovery, and the scientific method they used to determine them. A BBC production.

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of the 'father of optics' Alhazen New

In this vlog style video, Alhazen talks about being a physicist and mathematician, with a speciality in optics and light. He explains that we see because light bounces off objects into our eyes. He outlines the need for observations and making hypotheses, not just using abstract reasoning. He goes on to explain his theory that light travels in a straight ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov New

This video introduces two Russian scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, working at Manchester University. They talk about the experiment they were carrying out when they accidentally discovered the process for extracting an amazing material called graphene in 2004. They talk about their scientific method and hypothesis, and how, by stripping away layers of graphite with strips of sticky tape, ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:18
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Galileo Galilei New

This video recreates a famous experiment in which Galileo, an Italian scientist, dropped two objects from the Leaning tower of Pisa in 1589. He explains that he did the experiment to show the pull of gravity on an object is the same, regardless of their different weights. He explains that force is a push or pull on an object. He ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:24
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Carl Linnaeus New

In this video, Carl Linnaeus talks about his scientific method of classifying plants, animals and stones. He explains his new classification system, which is known as taxonomy, and how it helps us determine what an organism is. The naming is decided by their genus and species. We learn about how he came up with the idea on a research visit ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Nicolaus Copernicus New

This video shows how Nicolaus Copernicus, an early astronomer, scientist and priest in Poland, thought the sun was at the centre of the solar system. This theory was known as the heliocentric model. It was controversial, as accepted wisdom at the time (supported by the church) was that Earth was at the centre of the universe. In this video, he ...
  • 2018
  • 00:03:34
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Sir Isaac Newton New

In this video, Sir Issac Newton explains how he discovered gravity when an apple fell from a tree and (as legend has it) hit him on the head. He outlines how he used scientific method and process to think about gravity, questioning why things fall straight down, not sideways or upwards. He talks about how he carried out his own ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:19
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace New

This video explores how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace came up with the theory of evolution and process of natural selection. It is set in 1858 and explains the adaptation of plants and animals to their environment. The video covers how they both explored the connection between animals and humans, and asked scientific questions about the origin of plants and ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:13
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Caroline and William Herschel New

This video introduces Caroline Herschel and her brother William. Caroline talks about their work studying the planets and the solar system, and shares her astronomical discoveries, including comets and nebulae. She also explains how she was the first woman to discover a comet, which was subsequently named after her, 35 P Herschel-Rigollet. William talks about how he discovered the planet ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Scientists and Scientific Method The work of Mary Anning New

This video explores how Mary Anning used her findings to gain insight into the Jurassic past. She lived in Dorset in 1823 and used to go fossil hunting in Lyme Regis. She was one of the first palaeontologists and originally worked with her father. In this video, she explains the scientific method of observing, recording data and concluding. She also ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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