In line yesterday I overheard a young woman describing an unhappy experience taking a Environmental Studies course. "I like Earth science and everything, and I found all the reading for the class really interesting -- but some of the people in that class were really into it. That turned me off." And then, complaining about the professor's emphasis on quantitative analysis, probably the worst thing I have heard a person say in recent memory: "I'm not good at all that math stuff. I'm a girl."
A crow flew into my head this afternoon. It didn't hurt, but I found the experience quite disturbing.
Gradute student in Physics. Occasional maker of witty observations on matters tangentially related to my course of study, digressions in obscure science and other topics, and creator of wildly irresponsible theories. Voted "most eccentric" in my high school class--a more ambiguous accomplishment there has never been. This site is an attempt to live up to that honor. Thanks guys.
"Science is the topography of ignorance. From a few elevated points we triangulate vast spaces, including infinite unknown details. We cast the lead, and draw up a little sand from abysses we may never reach with our dredges. The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins."