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I love science.
Science is the secret to my success. I don't have a lot of
smarts, but even a dunderhead like me can apply the Scientific Method. In my spare
time, I read science journals, like Garage
Tinkerer, Popular Explosions,
Tin-Can Robots, and Dangerous Electronics. But
reading these journals isn't what makes me a scientist. I just
read them to keep up with cutting-edge research. No, the thing
that makes me a scientist is the fact that I use the Scientific Method.
And if I can be a scientist, ANYBODY
can be a scientist! The Scientific
Method is for EVERYBODY!
So don't think that scientists are an elite bunch of snobs with secret
handshakes who think they're smarter than everybody else and have all
the answers. No way! Science is for everybody!So since I love science so much,
I wanted to devote part of my web site to doing my very small, humble
part in following in the footsteps of one of my heroes, Carl Sagan, who
dedicated his life to popularizing science and critical thinking.
I know my contribution is meager, but it's very heartfelt.The essays below are my own
creation. I picked topics that I thought would be provocative and
a lot of fun, but I alone am responsible for the contents. As a
true scientist, I'm always willing to be convinced I'm wrong. So
if you think I'm wrong about anything, you're welcome to convince
me. Just send me a note telling me what you think.Sorry for the long
introduction. Now that it's over with, just click on a topic to
learn more about it!How
to Build a Time Machine, and StuffIn this essay, I'll teach you
how to build a Time Machine! For real! (Good luck getting
the raw materials and tools, though.)
to Transport Matter Better Than They Do on TV, and StuffIn this essay, I talk about ways
to transport matter. I think I've come up with a way that is WAY
better than they do on that famous TV show. (Trouble is, my new
way may make the sun go out. Oh, well.)
On Chimpanzees, Typewriters, Shakespeare,
Will an infinite number of chimpanzees typing randomly on an infinite
number of typewriters for an infinite amount of time produce the
complete works of Shakespeare? Even though everyone seems to
this is the case, I wouldn't bet on it.
are For Real! No, Really! (and Stuff)In this essay, I talk about how
ghosts REALLY EXIST. And not just exist, but Scientifically exist
at that! (Remember, though, that this is REAL SCIENCE, so it's
probably not what you normally think of when you think of ghosts.)
long is a Day and Stuff?How long does it take for the
Earth to rotate 360 degrees, which is a full circle? The answer
may surprise you. (Surprising Hint: It's NOT 24
hours! BOOM! Take THAT, Jack Bauer!) The connection
between Earth and its sky is a very complicated thing.
to Violate the Law of Conservation of Energy, and StuffViolating the Law of
Conservation of Energy is even more difficult than building a Time
Machine, but it's not impossible. Don't believe it? Then
follow my formula to see how it's done!Is There a Theory of Everything, and Stuff?Many
scientists devote their entire careers to searching for the Theory of
Everything. Why? And what makes scientists so presumptuous
to think that a Theory of Everything even exists?
Why the Expansion of the Universe is Accelerating, and StuffThe
acceleration of the expansion of the Universe is, perhaps, the most
mind-boggling phenomenon ever observed in astronomy. Why is the
expansion of the Universe accelerating? I have a theory that will
blow your mind!
I'm just getting started, so other essays are coming soon. As
always, I'm happy to hear your thoughts.
And don't forget that the very same brain that thought up all this
science stuff could be put to work fixing your TV or air
conditioner. Just give me a call, and me and my science-type
will be there in no time, in just seven working days!
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