12 episodes

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 as vast as time travel, infinity, quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence, are squeezed into 60-second clips that will tickle your funny bone and blow your mind.

60-Second Adventures in Thought - for iPod/iPhone The Open University

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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 as vast as time travel, infinity, quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence, are squeezed into 60-second clips that will tickle your funny bone and blow your mind.

    • video
    Achilles and the Tortoise

    Achilles and the Tortoise

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

    • 1 min
    Transcript -- Achilles and the Tortoise

    Transcript -- Achilles and the Tortoise

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

    • video
    The Grandfather Paradox

    The Grandfather Paradox

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

    • 1 min
    Transcript -- The Grandfather Paradox

    Transcript -- The Grandfather Paradox

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

    • video
    The Chinese Room

    The Chinese Room

    An argument against computers ever being truly intelligent.

    • 1 min
    Transcript -- The Chinese Room

    Transcript -- The Chinese Room

    An argument against computers ever being truly intelligent.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

Couatl ,

These are fun!

Love it! Finished the philosophy ones; can't wait to view the Econ ones. Make more!!!

DragonMama2012 ,

More please!!!

These are awesome please make more!

KPonce ,

These are great!

My 13 year old has asked me before about Schrōdinger's cat. I have tried to explain it and he didn't get it. I showed this to him and I could see the light bulb go off in his brain. These are great!

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