December 23, 2004

Russell Hulse

Is scientific study just like a good detective story? Do we teach science effectively in our schools? One man has decided making science education fun should be his life’s work. Joan Cartan-Hansen speaks with Russell Hulse, a Nobel prize winning physicist, about his work to improve science education as part of life long learning.

Hulse and his thesis advisor, Joseph Taylor, Jr., discovered the first binary pulsar, a twin star system that is, in effect, a natural laboratory to test aspects of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. For this work, Hulse and Taylor were jointly awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1993. Their discovery is considered by many as among the top scientific discoveries of the 20th century.

Hulse and Cartan-Hansen also discuss the significance of his research into pulsars, mico air vehicles and about his work to improve science education in schools and museums. Hulse was in Boise speaking at the Discovery Center of Idaho.