Making Science Interesting

Wed 26 March 2014

Science is fascinating. There’s a common misconception that science must be made interesting — that it must be dressed up in flashy clothes and simplified for people not on tenure to be interested in it. I believe that science speaks for itself, and that there are few things more wonderful than watching it in action and experimenting with it.

Look up at the Milky Way way at night: that’s science. Rockets, stinks & bangs, this website, the internet — it’s all science. Even boring things like video games have science in them (there’s a lot of mathematics and physics involved in, say, Angry Birds).

That’s is what this alleged ‘Science Class’ thing is about: Building things with science, recreating discoveries that have been taken for granted (possibly even forgotten by most people) for hundreds or thousands of years, and having a good time in the process. It’s science without Comic Sans, bright colors, and affectation. (yeah, I have kind of a thing about Comic Sans.)

I attempt to take the middle road between simple and comprehensive. I don’t use large technical words unnecessarily, but I’m not writing in Simple English, either; if worst comes to worst, my more complicated ramblings can be thought of as vocabulary exercise. Also, I’m not attempting to explain the basic principles behind the projects in most cases. I would rather focus on what other sites don’t cover as well: neat and occasionally offbeat science projects that actually work. I usually link to resources that explain the principles involved more throughly — although note that it may take a Quantum Physicist to be able to accurately explain many of the fundamentals of science.

You may wonder, What’s not boring about spinning puny little wires with electricity? Everyone has their own reasons to learn about science, from practical to philosophic; but when it comes down to it, it’s usually about Curiosity. And since you’re on this website, you probably have a lion’s share of it.

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