What is Color? (Synopsis)

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” -Alan Alda

Alan Alda recently challenged scientists to explain this simple question to 11-year-olds in less than 300 words. Could you do it?

It seems like a straightforward enough proposition; after all, we surely know it when we see it.

Image credit: Jessica at Ways of Wanderers, via http://waysofwanderers.com/colourful-flower-fields-biei/.
Image credit: Jessica at Ways of Wanderers, via http://waysofwanderers.com/colourful-flower-fields-biei/.

But there are some very tight constraints on this contest: you must be a scientist, it must effectively engage and educate an 11 year-old audience, and written/video entries are limited to 300 words/6 minutes, respectively. I’ve entered a graphic compendium, and I’d love to know what you’d say!

[Go read the whole thing — formatted for the web (I submitted a PDF) — over at Medium!]