Adam Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed -- Eratosthenes' calculation of the Earth's circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light in 1849. (Launching a series on Inventions that Shaped History) "How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries" was animated by the TED-Ed Animation Team (Jeremiah Dickey, Biljana Labovic, Celeste Lai, Kari Mulholland and Franz Palomares)
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Tags: Science and Technology Nature of Scientific Invention Adam Savage Inventions That Shaped History Science Technology Scientific Method Speed of Light Circumference of the Earth Inertia Physics Invention Scientific Discoveries Math TED TED-Ed TED Education TED-Ed Animations Jeremiah Dickey Biljana Labovic Celeste Lai Kari Mulholland Franz Palomares
Duration: 7m 32s