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The answer isn’t always to burst unscientific bubbles

Children’s imaginations can be more powerful than scientific explanations, even when the evidence is staring them in the face, finds Steve Eddison

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With varying degrees of reluctance, the children get into their science discussion groups. Their first task is to come up with a possible answer to the question: what are bubbles? Each group has five minutes to agree an explanation, write it on a Post-It, and attach it to the whiteboard. Tensions among the Einsteins are such that I eventually give in and allow one of them to write her own.

Angelina refuses to budge in her belief that bubbles are tiny spaceships. Apparently, they are the only things light enough to carry wishes to the secret place where dreams are made to come true. It’s what ...

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