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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Musical Science and other amazing ways to look at science!

There are many ways to approach science and many different options on how one might want to share science with the general public. John Boswell in his project Symphony of Science is trying to capture the expansive beauty of the whole arena of science and the incredible depth of it's philosophy in the form of moving songs "sung" in autotune by great science popularizers. Here is his latest enchanting work:

This project encapsulates the wonder and admiration I have for science. I love focusing on what science has done to earn my affection rather than the many foibles and shortfalls of the methods or the people doing science. I am perfectly aware of these faults and weaknesses. If you care to read about science from that viewpoint, I assure you there are many bloggers who discuss these issues and even offer valid options for amending them.

My friend, Jeff, at Scienticity, who runs a science book reading challenge, once said to me: "Everyone can learn science. It just can't always be taught in five minutes." I believe this to be true, but I also believe that we can shorten the amount of time it takes to learn it, or at least make it seem that time is passing by more quickly by making it more engaging. Personally, I do it by approaching science in a whimsical manner in unexpected ways. I would like to thank author Philip Alcabes for saying a very kind thing about my website and expressing exactly what I am continually hoping I do everyday.

"May science be what Joanne Manaster does at her incomparable website: looking at the world with wonder, asking without dogmatic preconceptions how it works, and accepting that its irrepressible quirkiness makes it impossible to know the world perfectly."

You may read what he DOESN"T wish science to be here.

Every once in a while, I like to take a break from the serious work of science by watching the humor others see in science! I try to collect humorous videos in my "Favorites" on my youtube channel. The Onion and Stephen Colbert offer some of the best looks at science by doing it in sometimes side-splitting ways! Like this one, poking fun at both the field of genetic engineering and at Disney!

For those of you who have just joined me at this website, welcome. This site is about my personal relationship with science. I love to share this fascination with those people in which I sense a glimmer of the same. I won't waste my time trying to convince anyone that they should KNOW science or have to LIKE it. People are free to come and go as they like. My views are, as always, my own. :)

Sitting on my video camera, waiting and waiting to be processed are a few projects.

  • Using a scanning electron microscope to look at a gummy bear up close.
  • Looking at the ultrastructural properties and elemental components of mineral make-up.
  • A book review of a biography of the unequaled Jacques Cousteau
  • Thanks to the cats on the internet phenomenon, I have an upcoming video on the science of "Cats in Sinks". Yes, cats can teach us science.
  • Also, I am VERY excited to tell you of a great new book I read called The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
  • I have a large collection of children's science books that I will also share with you very soon!

Kindly,

Joanne

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