Science Made Simple

Science Made Simple

Dear Readers,

My name is Geanna Flavetta. I started this blog around a year ago. After many years of annoying friends mercilessly with the latest scientific findings and obnoxiously explaining the science all around them, I realized that there is a major disconnect between the scientific community and the general public. Sure if there is a (not so) supermoon or something egregious like lead in drinking water (Flint still doesn’t have drinking water, btw), people feign interest in science and then get on with their lives. But, contrary to popular belief, science doesn’t stop the moment you turn off Planet Earth.

My hope with this blog is to let you see the world through a scientist’s eyes. So, in this moment, I would like you to take a minute and forget about that horrible chemistry teacher you had in high school and your body’s allergic reaction to anything remotely mathematical. Take a beat and pretend you are Alan Turning, Marie Curie, or Ms. Frizzle. Got into character? Aight, leggo.

Imagine you are on your afternoon stroll and you come across the most beautifully painted box lying in the grass. The artwork on and etching into the box are breathtaking, captivating, mesmerizing. You take the box in your hands and feel its many grooves on your fingertips. Your index finger lands on a perfectly circular dime-sized relief and you don’t know why, but you get the urge to press it. All of a sudden, the most wonderful music starts playing. After about 30 seconds, the box gets hotter and hotter and it’s too hot to hold! You set it down and all at once the most incredible pizza pops out. Hot and cheese-y, but not so hot that the cheese scalds you. It’s perfect and mysterious all at once.

What would you do? After eating about 20 slices of pizza, you would probably ask a whole lot of questions. Where did the box come from? Who made it? Do other people know about this? And, most importantly, how does it work because surely you want to make more. This box of wonders makes you feel alive and human and, while it makes no sense and there are mysteries left to discover, you understand it at a deep level all the same. I mean, who doesn’t love visual art, music, and pizza!

That’s how I see water. Oceans, rain falling on a parking lot, wastewater treatment plants, it’s a beautiful enigma that, with enough focus and research, I can figure out and use it to benefit society at large. I have the unique privilege of observing nature, figuring it out, and coming along side of it to advance humanity. This applies to psychologists, biochemists, and electrical engineers alike. So while the Pythagorean Theorem or Newton’s Second Law might seem boring-snoring to some, for me, it’s my box. My beautiful cube of puzzles to solve that make me feel alive.

The tricky bit of my box is, it’s not wonderful to everyone, but it affects everyone. So that is my goal here — to make you see how important this box is and how ignoring it might hurt your incredible box of wonders.

I hope you stick around for this journey and maybe even try to uncover nature’s magic tricks for yourself. After all, you might just find another box to add to your collection.

Scincerely,
Geanna

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