Monday, December 27, 2010

Newton's Apple

Newton's Apple was an educational television program distributed to PBS stations in the United States that ran for fifteen seasons from 1983 to 1998. The title came from the story of Isaac Newton's "discovery" of gravity, which supposedly happened when an apple fell from a tree onto his head.

An occasional short feature appeared called "Science of the Rich and Famous" in which celebrities appeared to explain a science principle; as examples, rock star Ted Nugent explained guitar feedback, Olympic Gold Medalist skater Scott Hamilton demonstrated the angular momentum of a skater's spin, and Betty White showed how cats purr.

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