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Alan Alda

Entries by Alan Alda

What Is Sleep?

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 7:13 AM

It didn't surprise me that 11-year-olds would have something to teach scientists. That was the whole idea four years ago when I started the contest called the Flame Challenge.

What surprised me was how much the kids would be learning about science in the process. And how enthused they'd...

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In Love With Marie

(80) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 1:40 PM

For the last three years, I've been in love with another woman and my wife doesn't seem to mind, largely because the woman in question was already dead two years before I was born.

I've been submerged in the world of Marie Curie while writing a play about a tumultuous...

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My Friend Larry Gelbart

(96) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 4:58 PM

Achingly funny as it was, Larry Gelbart's writing gave off sparks that turned a hard light on the way we are. Some people even said at the time that his episodes of M*A*S*H, with their unblinking account of the costs of war, helped our country lose its patience with the...

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What is Beauty, Anyway?

(27) Comments | Posted May 19, 2008 | 10:34 AM

Richard Feynman will be among the Nobel Prize winners at the World Science Festival this month. In a way.

I'll be doing a reading of QED, the play about Feynman, and as I get ready to step into his life again, I'm hit by a wave of fondness and...

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Three Minutes

(83) Comments | Posted September 5, 2007 | 5:31 PM

It takes exactly three minutes of my life and it happens most mornings. I scoop into a bowl some cold oatmeal that I've cooked in a huge pot at the beginning of the week and zap it in the microwave for three minutes. I know some people think oatmeal is...

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