Julia Child Cooks Up a Batch of Primordial Soup [video]

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Here's a charming video of Julia Child cooking up a batch of primordial soup that played in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's "Life in The Universe" gallery from 1976 until the gallery closed. By turning her kitchen into a "biochemical laboratory," she explains how simple ingredients produce amino acids, also known as the building blocks of life. Science!

Impressive that even though she's reading off of cue cards, she can rattle on for almost ten minutes — with complete authority — about a subject she probably knows little about. Also, she uses a eight-inch chef's knife as a pointer.

Close to the end she talks about the implications: "Just think what this means! Starting with water and perfectly ordinary chemicals and minerals like table salt, not only scientists, but anyone, you and I, can go into a chemical laboratory and make primordial soup and chemical building blocks. Of course, the next step is how to put these chemical building blocks together. Can we make life? Is this the way life began on this Earth?" She hoots, "Whooo knooowws?"

Video: Julia Child's Primordial Soup

—Raphael Brion

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  1. Paula

    I think I would've picked up a lot more science if Julia Child had taught it.

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