Just learned about these today via a facebook post. Certainly enjoyed them as a physicist and educator, and can appreciate the work involved. But very disappointed that none of the entire crew of four was a woman - on the ones I have watched so far at least.
Glad you enjoyed them. You do realize that the entire crew is me, which makes it difficult for me to change the gender of the crew, right?
I definitely appreciate the work you put in. I think it would be great if at least one or two of the three people at the table asking questions etc. is a woman as a role model; there is a lot of research showing how important that can be- for girls and boys. You could find women physics majors or grad students or teachers to do that.
Science does not depend on the sex of the people doing it.
It is also not the aim of physics videos to avoid disappointing lesbians.There are different videos for that, with no relation to physics.
As every person has 50% male and 50% female genes, we should be careful in being disappointed that god has made some people into a sex that differs from our own.
Garland, your comment makes me sad.
1) It is completely reasonable to wish science education videos had more female representation. There are not enough women in science and having more women in the science educational videos might help.
2) There is no reason to assume someone's sexual orientation based on their wish to see a particular gender represented in a video.
3) Please realize it is spiteful to use sexual orientation as an epithet.
Thank you Jonathan.
Most of the women physicists I know, including myself, are heterosexual with one or more grown children, but sexual orientation is not relevant to our careers. We happen to really enjoy physics and are good at it-- and launched our careers at a time when very few physicists were women.
Kathleen, I totally agree that we need more female science role models. However, I am literally a one man company and I give everything away for free. I work roughly 25 hours per week at this for almost no money and am a part-time teacher so I have the time to make the videos. I can't pay anybody to be in my videos. I am at a complete loss as to how to get "at least one or two of the three people at the table asking questions etc. [be] a woman". I could cross dress, however, I don't think that will achieve the intended goal. I get that I could "find women physics majors or grad students or teachers to do that", however, I just don't have the time/money to make this happen.
Jonathan- I was so focused on the physics I didn't realize that all three of the narrators were in fact you. I thought you'd recruited three friends!! Sorry for my confusion- and please keep it up!
No worries Kathleen. I guess I am just too good at masking the fact that all three characters are played by me. 😇 Because of your comment (and others), I have contact our local Society of Women Engineers and asked if any of them want to play a character in my videos. I'd love to be able to do this, it just increases the work and time quite a bit. We will see...
If you want to see what it takes to make one of these videos: http://flippingphysics.com/making-a-video.html
Yep, I make physics videos in the hope that you can learn physics. If you are a physics teacher, I am very hopeful that you will want to use them to help flip your physics class.