September 19-25 is Science Literacy Week and we are celebrating it at the Leddy Library.
There are many reasons to be literate in the sciences. One good reason is to have, on-hand, the ability to ask good questions when reading dramatic news headlines. On the first floor of the main building of the Leddy Library, you can find a display on this topic by Selinda Berg, liaison librarian for Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Another noble reason to become science literate is to understand the jokes of the web comic, XKCD by Randall Munroe. Randall describes himself as, "I'm just this guy, you know? I'm a CNU graduate with a degree in physics. Before starting xkcd, I worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. As of June 2007 I live in Massachusetts. In my spare time I climb things, open strange doors, and go to goth clubs dressed as a frat guy so I can stand around and look terribly uncomfortable. At frat parties I do the same thing, but the other way around." Munroe is also the author of What if? : serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions and Thing explainer : complicated stuff in simple words , both of which can be found on the shelves of the Leddy Library.
Every day this week, I'm going to offer some XKCD comics dedicated to Mathematics, Biology-Biochemistry-Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science and - today - Physics. Don't worry if you don't get the jokes - each cartoon is linked to it's respective XKCD Explainer entry!
MOMENTS OF INSPIRATION
Alt-text: 'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.' 'Nothing you should worry about.' 'The death isn't even very serious.'
You can find many more Physics related XKCD comics explained. Turn in tomorrow for the Earth Science edition!