To understand the behaviour of the world around us through observation and reason - this is the ambitious goal of science in general, and physics in particular. At The Engineer's Pulse, the aim is to educate, entertain, and ultimately inspire visitors, whether they have a limited scientific background, are currently studying science in college, or are longtime science enthusiasts looking to explore the crossroads between science and life.
The Engineer's Pulse is a place where all are invited to read about and comment on science and engineering topics. Established in October, 2010, this blog aims to dispel the myth that science is scary or intimidating by keeping discussions relevant and accessible to all.
My teaching philosophy is simple. I do not try to take information from my brain and deliver it to my students' brain. Content is best shared with the heart of the eager student. I try to transmit first to the heart, and then to the brain. I find that the teaching lands better this way; the emotional connection spawns deep learning. This blog is a microcosm of my classroom.
I hope the articles posted here help to clarify complex topics in science and engineering, while stimulating a discussion on how we are affected by them. The scientific term, "pulse", describes a transmission of information. The title of this blog also serves as a reminder that scientists and engineers do in fact have a pulse: the stereotype of a nerd in a lab coat who does not interact with other people is a dated one. Today's scientists and engineers still play a major role in shaping our rapidly evolving world, but now more than ever before require the ability to explain how they do it.
The Engineer's Pulse
(1) Leading SERG (Space Elevator Research Group) at Vanier College
(2) Preparing a four-volume popular science series entitled A Guide to Science and Life.