Think Like a Scientist – 10 Short Videos

Ever wondered how the likes of Aristotle, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking think?

Despite the stereotype of influential scientists being mad-hat eccentrics, there is always method to their madness. Their quest to acquire knowledge underpins their role as scientists. In fact, the word science is derived from the Latin word “scientia” which means “knowledge”.

Experimentation and research are central to the scientific process as we try to better understand and interpret how the world works.  In a series of 10 short videos The Open University outlines how to think like a scientist.

Why keep a journal?


Potato experiment: How much water is in a potato?


How to present your results


Cucumber experiment: How to measure osmosis in a cucumber


Making it all add up


Ice tray experiment: Changing states of matter


Explaining negative numbers


Yeast experiment: Measuring respiration in yeast


Explaining scientific notion


Kiwi fruit experiment: Finding the DNA of a Kiwi fruit


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18 December, 2014 - 14:45