Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
Oh HOW I wish I had done physics at school. Lieven Scheire makes it all so fascinating. But as his hands fly across his flip chart I realise I do not even understand the basics. Amazingly, with Scheire, this does not seem to matter. Within the hour I have a basic understanding of Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity. And know how you can, in theory, trap a 12 metre-long rocket inside a 10 metre-long barn. I feel not just entertained and amused by this show, but positively improved.
Scheire – a most charming and charismatic ambassador for the science – delights and educates an audience ranging from a beardy man in the back to a young boy in the front row who did most of the question answering. Thoughtfully, he warns mathophobes when the big equations are coming up. He explains the sun (for Scots) and why physics is like sex. This genuinely is a great, simple, education-as-entertainment show. I can’t wait for next year when Scheire is doing quantum physics. Off to Google Fermat now.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) Until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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