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Xtreme Physics Lessons Get Remake And Major Boost

Xtreme Physics of FRINGE to get new moniker, wider scope and wider exposure than ever first intended, says creator Marshall Barnes.

 
PRLog - Apr. 21, 2011 - YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio -- To prevent entanglements and delays over miscommunications involving permissions, etc in using the Fox TV show FRINGE as the basis for advanced concept science lessons, Marshall Barnes is changing the name from Xtreme Physics of FRINGE to a new one yet to be announced that will reflect the rich history of real fringe science that the show has benefitted from, as well as other well known sci-fi TV fair.

"There will be no mention of TV program names or characters and no images," Marshall  stated. "This was never about capitalizing on a TV show, it was about using one to teach science. However, fringe science has arguably existed for well over a century and the term 'fringe science' is where the show got its name from. It is not an original invention. Nor are the majority of its ideas and plot devices".

In fact, fringe science often ends up becoming mainstream science and some of the great inventors, such as Edison and Tesla, were sometimes known to be involved in what at the time would be considered, fringe science. AC current, invented by Tesla was considered dangerous and "fringe" by Edison.

By not restricting the subject matter to what has been seen on one program, it affords the opportunity to expand to wider physics topics. Now invisibility, time, sound, wormholes, hyper-dimensions, and other topics of physics can be dealt with besides the parallel universe aspects originally intentioned. Marshall, who has been researching such topics for over 20 years and has been publicly associated with many of the specific elements that have been featured in the FRINGE TV show longer than that, has a rich experience to pull from to develop the curriculum. In fact, he lectured on advanced concept research topics to high schoolers as far back as 2005, three years before Fringe would make its debut on Fox. He's proved he knows how to communicate ideas and concepts, usually far above the high school level, so that such students can easily understand them.

As the creator of SuperScience for High School Physics, Marshall's extensive experience explaining such topics as the nature of time, the Everett/Wheeler Hypothesis, and wormholes to high schoolers, wins rave reviews from their teachers. Parallel universes in particular have been an area of research for Marshall since the early 90s and he successfully pointed out a mistake on them that Stephen Hawking made on his website which Marshall feels contributed to Hawking's misdirected fear of an alien invasion, something Marshall cited when he wrote his rebuttal to Hawking, called "Hawking, the Borg, the Necromongers, Rome, the Nazis, Fringe, FreeJack, Independence Day and the Fallacy of the Drake Equation" http://network.nature.com/groups/time/forum/topics/8600. Likewise, famed author and physicist, Michio Kaku, has publicly joked about how he doesn't even try to teach the parallel universe theory to first year students because they would run home, "crying to their mothers".  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnkE2yQPw6s (at 4:29). Marshall's experience, both as a researcher and educator, makes him the best communicator of these ideas for an educational setting.




"Earlier the same month that FRINGE debuted, I had students from Bexley High School getting awards from their mayor for finding a goof missed by physicists the world over for 18 years, that Stephen Hawking made in regards to wormholes and time travel," he related. "They did it as part of my SuperScience for High School Physics program. That I never had a frame of reference on these things before this TV show existed, would be a naive notion. In fact, with the thoroughly documented media record I have, going back to the 1980s, it's asinine."

"The science lessons will be bigger, more robust and include original video which was not my intention at the outset," Marshall added. "Now, after seeing the reaction to the idea from the pubic, which was tremendous and international in scope, I will be ramping it all up. It will also be available to physics teachers from all English speaking countries in the world," he added, "because this is about expanding the outreach of STEM in a new and exciting way and how distance learning can extend beyond borders, and the content will be free."

The exact details will be released next month at a time to be announced when a sample lesson will be posted for review. The actual lessons will go live by next October when the full scope of the STEM effort will be unveiled.

"There has never been an effort to make STEM as cutting edge as this, on this scale," Marshall asserts.  My associations with other science groups this past year have enabled me to test ideas first hand, and obtain a grasp of what the potential of a STEM effort like this could really be like.

The answer, in a word, is 'huge'".

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