MASH's Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What's time?
Alan Alda, a cast member in the new film 'The Aviator,' arrives at the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. (AP / Chris Pizzello)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:45AM EST
MINEOLA, N.Y. -- Professor Alan Alda has a homework assignment for scientists. Yes, that Alan Alda.
The actor known for his Emmy-Award-winning work on the TV show "MASH," is a founder of the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on eastern Long Island.
Alda tells The Associated Press the centre is sponsoring a contest asking scientists to explain, in terms a sixth-grader could understand: "What is time?"
Well-known for his affinity for science, Alda is the longtime host of the Public Broadcasting Service's "Scientific American Frontiers."
He says society must have a better understanding of science.
This is the contest's second year. Last year, scientists were asked to explain what a flame is. Alda says he was 11 years old when he asked a teacher that question and got an answer he didn't understand.