Education

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“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.” –Frank Zappa Inside of every student I’ve ever taught lives a passionate, curious mind that can either flourish…

“Art has never been a popularity contest.” –James Levine Sometimes, you might feel like you’ve heard it all, seen it all, and that nothing’s original anymore. But I beg to differ. Just because great things have come before doesn’t mean that there aren’t great things happening right now. While it might “only” be a cover…

The Power of Admitting “I’m Wrong”

“Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.” –Mark Twain “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” –Richard Feynman Every day that you set forth in the world is a…

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” –Albert Einstein Last month, an interesting conversation happened on the topic of the most difficult course that a student takes in their studies. The question, of course, was asking about most difficult in terms of the course content that…

“If people decide they’re going to deny the facts of history and the facts of science and technology, there’s not much you can do with them. For most of them, I just feel sorry that we failed in their education.” –Harrison Schmitt Last year, I asked a simple question with no easy answer: Whom Do…

The Null Hypothesis: It’s How I Roll

“If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don’t think it necessarily means you’re a hard worker. It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.” –Jack Handey The most common type of question I get asked by people genuinely wanting to know more about the…

“Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don’t think that gender applies to them: that it’s a subject for girls.” –Louise Brown You know the stereotype, perpetrated throughout the United States…

Giving Thanks, and Giving Back

“Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.” –Henry Ford Here in the United States, it’s American Thanksgiving, our annual harvest festival. Traditionally, it’s the one day out of the year where we spend it with the people most important to us, and give genuine…

Guest Essay: You Are A Scientist

“In science, even when you’re convinced that you know the right answer, you keep testing your understanding in new ways. You keep looking for phenomena that might do something different than what your best ideas and theories predict. As long as there’s a Universe out there to investigate, science doesn’t end.” –Ethan Siegel We’ve talked…

I am a Scientist

“Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts. But a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.” –Jules Henri Poincaré The higher you fall from, the faster you’ll be moving when you hit the ground. Seems like the…