About the Site
There are many reasons why creating this website is important to me:
- I am passionate about linking physics with everyday life;
- my awe of physics is an interesting and perhaps even a unique perspective that should be shared;
- I love the interactive environment and networking that the blogosphere has made possible;
- I have education and experience in computer development which gives me an advantage in this endeavour;
- I get lost in writing, and get a huge thrill out of seeing my final creations;
- I feel that helping more people understand more physics is a noble purpose that I can be proud to put my efforts towards!
I can think of a few big influences that encouraged me to be pursue knowledge in physics:
- “About the Big Sky, About the High Hills, About the Rich Earth, And the Deep Sea” – by Joe Kaufman;
- my Dad always suggesting we “Look it Up!” if we want to know more;
- my Grade 12 Physics teacher, Mr. McCann, helping us see the usefulness of mathematics as it applies to physics;
- The Internet, the ultimate resource allowing us to “Look it Up!”;
- “The Elegant Universe” - by Brian Greene, inspiring me to take some physics courses at university;
- those first few physics courses at university encouraged me to change my major;
- inspirational professors and peers at university kept me inspired and interested in the subject.
The saddest part about studying physics is that a lot of people seem to be afraid when I tell them what I’m studying. That makes it really hard to share the experience of how beautiful I see the universe! And by beautiful, I mean something like the following definition:
adj. having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind.
Unfortunately, physics is often presented too technically, too mathematically, too complicatedly, or too dryly for most people to appreciate, and that’s a real shame. I want to help others to see the beauty I see in everything from the most bizarre and amazing discoveries happening at the forefront of physics research, to the most mundane of everyday observances. I am up for the challenge of presenting the subjects in ways that can be accessable to anyone who is interested!
Overall, I believe that if more people took the time to contemplate the wonders of the universe, they could experience the following benefits:
- a good variety in thinking patterns is great exercise for the brain;
- improving one’s own use of physics concepts can make for greater efficiency in everyday things;
- the joy from being in awe of the way things are is good for the spirit!