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I presume there's not even any point in my reminding everyone how much of a science geek I am
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Insomnia can do strange things to a person.

What it decided to do to me today was make me watch the middle of the night GCSE science TV shows that are intended to be recorded by teachers and then shown at school to their pupils when the teacher needs a well deserved break from having to deal with the snot-nosed brats to help reinforce the ideas taught.

It was really really depressing. If that's what gets passed off as science these days, it's little wonder that so many people find it unutterably tedious. It was just a steady drip of random unrelated facts. The bits that are actually interesting (which also happen to be the bits that teach useful skills) about how things work, how we know they work, and how they all fit together were almost entirely absent. May as well have been teaching stamp collecting.

Every time I hear things like that, I get the urge to explain these things properly, damnit. One day, I will have to get around to writing a physics book. Or a long series of blog posts. Or finding a poor unfortunate victim, holding them captive against their will, and scribbling roughly drawn diagrams at them.

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I'm still mad about that whole uncertainty principle thing you tried to explain to me. Screw you, universe!!

Yes. This.

I really want to write two textbooks, the mathematics one I wish I'd had and an optics one. I will do it someday.

mm, yes... tedious science.
The funny thing was, once I left the education system, I came across a book that I think should be required reading for *every* secondary schoolchild. Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything".

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