Keep. It. Simple. Silly. is probably my favorite acronym. Not just in terms of science, but in life too. I first heard it in high school during my freshman year physical science class. I was no doubt trying to make whatever I was doing harder than it should be, when my teacher looked at me and said rather flatly, "K.I.S.S. principle." My perplexed expression must have given me away, so he kindly explained what it stood for. Since then I have used it often, almost daily really.
But science was the first application I applied it too and it could not be truer. Take physics for example, where simple principals are put to practical use. Admittedly I am not the greatest physicist the world has ever known, and I don't think I ever will be, but there is something rather wonderful and enchanting in the simplicity of a science that can explain the very origins of our universe.
From the complexity of an atom smasher, to the principals of wind, drafting and flight, physics might just be my new favorite. Example in point is represented in the photo above. Nothing fancy, not even in the slightest. But bring together a piece of paper and a few cuts and folds and oo la la! A propeller! This supremely simple endeavor kept me out in the grass for quite some time. I of course just had to decorate mine, but then I started toying around. I made one smaller, one with shorter propellers, and another with a heavier base just to see which would fly the best. Call my crazy, but it was highly entertaining!
The best part of course was just watching them float back down to the earth.
Now for the fun part. The winner of our For the Love of Physics book giveaway is...
... Melissa who said:
"Thank you for this opportunity! My family would LOVE this book."
Thank you to everyone who participated!