As you may have heard, Mr. Wizard (aka Don Herbert) died on Tuesday. He demonstrated experiments using household items and explained the science behind ordinary things. I remember watching his show on Nickelodeon during the 80’s, but his original show began in the 1950s and was quite popular with the baby boomers. They say that the CSI: franchise has done much to encourage a renewed interest in forensic and archaeological science among kids; I would bet that Mr. Wizard did much to encourage the people who brought us a lot of the scientific breakthroughs we have seen in the last 30 years.
Those of you who remember the Nickelodeon version of the show will enjoy a fond trip down memory lane by watching the intro to his show:
There are too few people in the world empowering kids (and adults) to really be curious. We’ll miss you, Mr. Wizard.
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