June 13, 2011

Mythbusters

Every time I watch a Mythbusters experiment I wonder about replication. They (almost) never replicate any of their experiments under the same conditions, or if they do, they do not tell the viewer how many times. It certainly would be nice to have some of the data from their experiments.

Here’s a link to a physics teacher who is thinking some of the same things.

http://quantumprogress.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/an-open-letter-to-mythbusters-on-how-to-transform-science-education/

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James Curran's interests are in statistical problems in forensic science. He consults with forensic agencies in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and produces and maintains expert systems software for the interpretation of evidence. He has experience as an expert witness in DNA and glass evidence, appearing in courts in the United States and Australia. He also very strong interests in statistical computing, and in automation projects. He is also a director of the University of Auckland's Bioinformatics Institute. See all posts by James Curran »

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