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60-Second Adventures in Thought - for iPod/iPhone

12 EpisodesProduced by The Open UniversityWebsite

Can a cat be both alive and dead? Can a computer think? How does a tortoise beat Achilles in a race? Voiced by comedian David Mitchell, these fast-paced animations explain six famous thought experiments, from the ancient Greeks to Albert Einstein, that have changed the way we see the world. Subjects… read more

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Achilles and the Tortoise

September 28th, 2011

1:07

Ancient mathematical trickery proves that a mighty hero cannot overtake a tortoise.

Transcript -- Achilles and the Tortoise

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- Ancient mathematical trickery proves that a mighty hero cannot overtake a tortoise.

The Grandfather Paradox

September 28th, 2011

1:07

A well known story that questions the logic of time travel.

Transcript -- The Grandfather Paradox

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- A well known story that questions the logic of time travel.

The Chinese Room

September 28th, 2011

1:08

An argument against computers ever being truly intelligent.

Transcript -- The Chinese Room

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- An argument against computers ever being truly intelligent.

Hilbert’s Infinite Hotel

September 28th, 2011

1:09

A never-ending hotel, always full of guests, helps to explain the nature of infinity.

Transcript -- Hilbert’s Infinite Hotel

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- A never-ending hotel, always full of guests, helps to explain the nature of infinity.

The Twin Paradox

September 28th, 2011

1:09

An identical twin in space illustrates Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Transcript -- The Twin Paradox

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- An identical twin in space illustrates Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Schrödinger’s Cat

September 28th, 2011

1:11

This famous experiment tackling quantum theory involves a cat in a potentially lethal box.

Transcript -- Schrödinger’s Cat

September 28th, 2011

Transcript -- This famous experiment tackling quantum theory involves a cat in a potentially lethal box.

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