Science is the learning we gain through the scientific method.
Observation Hey, look!
Question Why is it like this?
Hypothesis Well one time, at band camp, this happened, so maybe ...
Prediction it would happen the same way here.
Testing No. Hmm. Wonder why. Let's try this.
And that is all in the way of learning you will get from me today. But you wanna see something cool (Doyle, did you post about this? I forget where I first saw it, but THANKS to who did!)? Look at this.
Wanna read something cool? Read how they did it.
Can you imagine how much sky-watching and tinkering they'd have to do before they'd come up with that system? Quite obviously, for at least a few people, staring out into space (and actually paying attention) was the thing to do. Sweet.
And then there is this:
- More outer space, but also really teeny tiny stuff. You must look.
In a nutshell, in "real life," the shell they have in the movie dons't match the math they are showing. It is still a logarithmic spiral though. But I can't confirm, I didn't do the measurements myself.
And of course, there is one of the reasons I wrote this whole post: I found some awesome shells on Galveston Beach on New Year's Day (To my hubs, these shells seemed much more fragile this year than he remembers. Of course, his hands don't count as a scientific instrument. We'd need something with more accuracy and precision. But it got us thinking. What would make them more fragile? What happened between last year and this one? The BP oil spill happened. What was that dispersant again? But maybe these are just older, more worn shells than the ones you've crushed before? No, he says. Well, we know CO2 makes water more acidic. And an increase of CO2 in the atmosphere would influence the dissolved CO2 in the ocean. And acidity "eats away" at calcium carbonate. And if they are made of calcium carbonate...but we don't know. We weren't using the scientific method all the way through, you see? No testing, no researching through peer review journal articles. But observation, paying attention, and wondering and being curious will get you pretty far, but the tedious tinkering of the dedicated and hardworking may save us all.)
You see, science is everywhere. All we have to do is pay attention.
|All I got so far in my new room. Don't judge. We can go from here to the scientific method, no probs.|