Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. I saw “The Physics of Star Trek” where things like Warp Drive, wormholes and telepathy are discussed with a good dose of humour and even better dose of actual science!!!111!!!eleventy!! There are even experiments.
Whether you’re interested in physics or not, Science Busters is great entertainment. Puntigam is weird (and self-deprecating) enough to match the science and Oberhummer and Gruber are awesome. I can recommend it to anyone.
Gruber and Oberhummer both are real children; they’re so incredibly excited when it comes to their job, it’s a joy to watch. Everytime Oberhummer told us that it was so cool to be alive today and maybe belong to the generation who will discover life on Mars and wooooaah. He was jumping up and down and gesticulating wildly and you couldn’t help but share his excitement and his passion.
And Gruber, too. He had a, I don’t know what you actually call this thing, electrostatic wand? It was a wand that created a small electrostatic field (if you are cringing right now because I use the wrong vocabulary, I’m sorry) and he had a small piece of extrathin plastic foil which he kept levitating with the wand… It was fascinating.
Gruber: “This foil is indescribably thin.”
Puntigam: “I can see it, of course I can describe it.”
Gruber: “Then describe how thin it is.”
Puntigam: “Well… indescribably thin.”]
There were Star Trek clips and battles in space and a slingshot show and tell (bloody hell, those things are vicious).
And it even appealed to my (not nerdy, or even geeky) parents. They just bought tickets for another evening, when they will talk about culinary physics. I’m jealous.
Anyway, If you get a chance, do see them. You will not regret it.