I suck at roller skating, and I love it. That's what kept going through my mind when I got the latest report from our daughter, Katie, a freshman in college who's still getting used to how difficult her classes are. "Physics is kicking my ass," she said. "And I love it."
This week on Soft Matters, Katie sat down with Prof. Larry Bonassar, whose efforts in studying cartilage (the soft connective tissue in your ears, nose, windpipe, spine, joints, etc.) are leading to breakthroughs in tissue engineering.
There are many who believe that a world filled with this degree of peace, love and harmony (our true nature) will exist only following an apocalyptic battle that will destroy humanity in the physical realm. But I'm not among them.
The most common mistake I see young graduate students make when courting a prospective research group is undervaluing social chemistry.
Why does science work? Why is math so unreasonably effective at describing the physical world? For that matter, how can simple equations predict the behavior of really complicated things?
Just as cars can differ dramatically in everything from handling, to torque, to acceleration, to fuel efficiency, so too do our bodies differ in all the nuances of metabolism. Some of us are natively predisposed to be faster, or stronger, or slower, or weaker.
Yes, biologists and physicists speak different languages and ask different questions, but when they learn from each other, some really amazing science comes out of it.
Just as we set out of the Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center 583C Building on July 27 on our way to Los Angeles for a tour visit of SpaceX, thr...
Major breakthroughs in the sciences can come from ideas that at first seem bizarre... even impossible. But the universe has also proved to be stranger than we ever imagined.
As a physicist and a fan-boy, I visibly cringe when the token scientist is (1) a crazy egomaniac, (2) a socially awkward nerd, or (3) carrying around flasks while wearing a white lab coat. Sure, some folks line up with these stereotypes, but reality is far more interesting...
Just as nature utilizes storms to collect disparate energies and ecologically regenerate, so also the artist synthesizes the complexities of human experience in the encounter with wholeness known as Art.
It's Nobel Prize season! The three big science categories -- physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry--were just announced on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Of the eight science winners, how many are women? Zero!
In 1930, the British satirical magazine Punch published a cartoon of a boy, lying on his stomach on the floor, reading a book on relativity. When asked where his sister is, he replies, "Somewhere in the absolute elsewhere." That boy was the seven-year-old Freeman Dyson.
We don't need any introduction to recognize the famous physics equations such as F=ma or E=mc^2. However, the Schrödinger wave equation, though more central to the modern physics than these equations, is less popular and definitely more abstract.
Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?
I was always taught that if you don't know how something works, you shouldn't mess with it. The Earth's climate represents a wonderfully complex dynamical system that we do not fully understand.