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What if? [Q&A]

I had previously mentioned a technique called order-of-magnitude estimation that scientists of all stripes find extraordinarily useful, and Atul of Canara College asked me what that meant. One of the most important characteristics of doing science is that scientists look to work on problems that can be solved. There is no point in wasting years […]

Good advice [quote]

“You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.” [XKCD/XCMVI]

Analogies [cartoon]

The hardest part of explaining scientific discoveries to the lay public is in figuring out the proper analogical framework. Any explanation is an approximation, and tries to put the newly developed concepts in terms that are already familiar to people. More often than not, this is bound to fail. So we have evolved some explanations […]