Monday, January 14, 2013

Spangler Science

Hey guys! On Wednesday, our weekly Physics Buzz podcast will feature an interview with one of my favorite science enthusiasts in the whole wide world, Steve Spangler. You might know Spangler from his appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; his YouTube-produced show The Spangler Effect; any of his books, including Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste and Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes; or one of his thousands of videos and TV appearances. (He is also often credited as the guy who "invented" the Diet Coke and Mento's eruption demo; while he insists this is not true, he may have been the first person to do it on TV.) Spangler is a professional science demonstrator: if you've ever seen a science demo show at an amusement park, a science museum or in your own school, this is a guy who's job it is to come up with those demonstrations and accurately explain what's happening.

Spangler was among TIME Magazine's 200 candidates for most influential person of 2012, and was voted number 18 by TIME readers. Listen to the podcast on Wednesday to hear Spangler talk about why even today he stays connected to the classroom, how he compares himself to the likes of Bill Nye and Mr. Wizard (note: we talked about this in the interview, but I didn't have time for it in the podcast), and how science demos (when done right) can compliment traditional, classroom-based science education.

Look for the podcast on Wednesday, and in the meantime, if you aren't familiar with Spangler's awesomeness, here are a few videos of him doing what he does best.

On Ellen:

For demos you can do at home, I highly recommend The Spangler Effect:

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