Kareem, scientists — and the brain — team up for fest
- Photos by Bob Krasner
At the World Science Festival, Denny Daniel from The Museum of Interesting Things demonstrated an Edison cylinder phonograph while a woman checked out a Mutoscope, both inventions from the early 1900s.
Trevor came in from Queens for the World Science Festival and went home with some major bragging rights, having had the chance to hold an actual human brain. Washington Square Park and some of the adjoining streets were taken over Sun., June 2, by the festival, a very kid-oriented event that was fun for pretty much everyone.
National Geographic, Con Ed, Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History were just a few of the institutions that lent their presence to the fair. Topics included climate change, alternative energy, robotics and the aforementioned brain.
Live music and science demonstrations ran constantly on several different stages, with the celebrity slot filled by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was promoting his latest book, “What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors.”
- Kids could sample a cerebellum.
- A raptor had a young boy’s rapt attention