Craving Certainty? Try Physics!

My dynamics professor asked us this week, in his heavy Chinese accent, if we thought that science was objective or subjective. This was just after he took us through a long, winding tangent about frames of reference and the size of the universe and how it might be possible to calculate the movement of one object in the universe relative to that of another, when all the objects are moving in different directions relative to each other all the time and have been since the big bang…or whatever might have come before that.

Paths of stars through the night sky. Photograph by Philip Greenspun, copyright 1992

Paths of stars through the night sky.
Photograph by Philip Greenspun, © 1992

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Down the Rabbit Hole of “What If”

I mentioned in this post that I don’t regret earning my art degree. And I don’t. But as a soon-to-be 32-year-old halfway through an almost six-year-long part-time engineering program, it’s fair to say that I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if I’d just done this the first time around, when I was 20, with all my we’re-in-this-together 20-year-old classmates.* Would I be an engineer right now? Would I like it? Would I be cooking in my dream kitchen? Would I be living somewhere more exciting? Would I be happier?

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The Cube Root of One Billion

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My little project, Extra Credit Life, hit its first milestone on Saturday with it’s one-thousandth page view! That’s one kiloview (1 kvw) in engineering-nerd-speak!

I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who has read and enjoyed and commented on Extra Credit Life thus far. I can’t wait to see where the next three years take me and I’m so excited to have you all along for the ride.

To celebrate one thousand views, I’d love to hear what you think. Let me know if there are topics you’ve been hoping I’d explore or if there’s a topic I’ve written about that you’d like me to expand on. Any thoughts you have are welcome!

In addition, I’m considering starting an Extra Credit Life Facebook page where I would link my posts each week and also occasionally post other relevant links. If I created the page, would you “like” it, or is Facebook so yesterday?

Thanks again for all the love. I wouldn’t have much of a blog without my readers.