The Joy of Science

Put a Little Science in Your Life:

Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable — a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional. To be able to think through and grasp explanations…

Since my run in with Bachelor of Science-grade Physics, I’ve considered myself someone who sucks at science. However, I suppose by Brian Greene’s definition, I am a consummate scientist. I really enjoy diving into a deep subject (economics, linguistics, etc.) and trying to figure out what makes it tick. Its a fun way to go about life.

At the root of this pedagogical approach is a firm belief in the vertical nature of science: you must master A before moving on to B. When A happened a few hundred years ago, it’s a long climb to the modern era. Certainly, when it comes to teaching the technicalities — solving this equation, balancing that reaction, grasping the discrete parts of the cell — the verticality of science is unassailable.

A hearty "Amen!" here. So many topics seem intimidating to the neophyte. "You can’t do this until you’ve learned this, that and the other." Stacked knowledge as barrier to entry is a total bummer.

I think something immersive is more rewarding. They say the best way to learn a foreign language is to surround yourself in it. I think this is true of any endeavor that, at some level, rewires your brain.

3 comments

  1. Mike Perham · June 9, 2008

    That’s why I’m constantly amazed at 18 yr old physics/math prodigies. To think that they’ve mastered that barrier so quickly is astounding.

  2. Courtney · June 9, 2008

    Science is….whatever we want it to be! -Dr. S

  3. luke · June 9, 2008

    Web app development requires a lot of stacked knowledge. COBOL programmers had to know COBOL and JCL… web developers need: html, css, js, some back-end language, SQL, Windows or UNIX, etc. Simplifying a bit, but web apps require a lot more knowledge than mainframe apps – the amount of stuff you have to know has grown tremendously in the brief life of CS.

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