(Boston, MA) This summer, the Museum of Science will feature (in addition to their everyday offerings) a series of adult entertainments. Thursday nights under the dome of the Charles Hayden Planetarium, grown ups of Boston will be treated to live music, pub quizzes, movie screenings, and improvised comedy. Last night was the first Thursday that ImprovBoston was featured at Hayden planetarium, doing their thing with live comedy improv (with a science twist, of course). Continue reading →
(Somerville, MA) Science is having a moment in the public sphere; thanks to actors such as Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, physics and math are sexy and everyone wants a piece of these oh so marketable, oh so male institutions. Suddenly it’s very chic to flout one’s comprehension of STEM studies. While I’m grateful that movies such as The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game exist, the media forget that the theories discussed in these films aren’t as digestible as the script treatments suggest. Science and math are complicated beasts. So complicated that most American elementary and high school students have difficulty grasping remedial skills. Thus, a delicate balance must be maintained when explaining scientific and mathematical theory via the media to the hoi polloi. It must educate while still communicating the advancement of skill required for application. Hollywood tends to over-simplify. Frayn’s Copenhagen, as produced by the Porpentine Players keeps in complicated. Continue reading →
Becky Webber as Rosalind Franklin and Nick Sulfaro as Ray Gosling in Photograph 51 performing through March 18 at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. Presented by The Nora Theatre Company. Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography
(Cambridge, MA) Photograph 51 chronicles Rosalind Franklin’s work, which leads to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Surrounded by men, Franklin does not have a chance for her voice to be heard amongst her male colleagues. Nora Theatre Company’s production presents a truthful historical presentation of the discovery. Continue reading →
R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. Performed by Thomas Derrah. Photo: Marcus Stern.
Warning: contains profound thoughts
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
When someone asks me what subjects I liked when I was in school, I always say “all except science, I HATE science.” What I have learned over the past few years is that I have hated science because no one made it interesting for me. R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe reminds me again that love of science and love of learning start with a person who engages, challenges, and pushes you to see the world in new ways.
The one-man show connects theories of science, philosophy, sociology, and sustainability to life. Fuller comes to life in such a way that the audience feels that they are at a “real” lecture. Thomas Derrah presents the same frenetic and contagious energy that was Bucky Fuller’s trademark. He bounces and dances around as he explains his principles for improving “spaceship earth” and also questioning all of the norms that surround us. Like Bucky, he uses any and all forms of media that are available to him to get his point across. Continue reading →