Sunday, May 10, 2009

Science for Dummies

Today I was browsing the Web and came across a whole category of books called ‘For Dummies e-books’. If you have ever wished that you had learned how to scrapbook, tie your shoes the right way, bake cookies that at least your dog will eat, the secret to growing a tomato plant that actually grows tomatoes or the right technique to scrub a toilet, I guarantee that there is a ‘For Dummies’ book out there for you. I can’t tell you what a relief this is to me. I can crawl into bed tonight and rest easy knowing that help is just a keystroke away.

The book heading my very long list is the ‘Science for Dummies’. I am tempted to let you believe that I have this insatiable thirst for knowledge and that I am trying to keep ahead of the curve in Modern Science. If I were Pinocchio, my nose could now be used to measure the double windows in the living room for new curtains. There is no dignified way to say this. Call me ‘Dumb and dumber’ when it comes to Science. It is true. My husband would vouch for it.

For years now, he has been trying to get me excited about Science. Short of dressing up like a molecule and twirling around the room, he has done all he can to get me to share his enthusiasm for the subject. Discovery, Scientific American, and National Geographic magazines are on our mailbox menu week after week. We have annual family membership to all Science Museums within 50 miles of our home.

After an hour perusing one of the Science magazines last week, he sat me down for a crash course in a new theory in Quantum Physics that the magazine was sporting as the main story that week. ‘But first let’s see if you remember what we talked about last week. Go ahead and tell me what a black hole is again.” To which I promptly replied that something was burning on the stove and ran into the Kitchen. “Did you forget already? Alright then. Let me explain again.” He said and proceeded to talk about concentrated areas of mass, gravitational pull, Sir. C.V Raman and Nobel Prize. At the mention of a fellow country man’s success and fame, his chest puffed out with pride.

Satisfied with my repeated promises to remember this vital piece of information this time around, he then initiated a family discussion about Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and the social debate involving Science and Religion. I tried my best to look intelligent and think Science.

I have GOT to get myself that ‘Science for Dummies’ book soon. It is an emergency.

-Meena Sankaran

9 comments:

Sriram V Iyer said...

Hi Meena, It was a a very good read :-) - I'll get you the ebook version of the book :-)

Meenakshi Sankaran said...

Thank you, Sriram. I totally enjoyed writing this one. My favorite so far in all that I have written. :-)

Sankaran said...

Meena,
not a beleaguer a point, it is not Sir C.V.Raman but Dr.Chandrasekar who got the Nobel for his research on black holes, which works similar to where my talks on science goes in the house :)

Meenakshi Sankaran said...

Oops! Did I say Sir C.V.Raman instead of Dr. Chandrasekar? I rest my case. Now that I have the 'Dummies for Physics' e-book (Thank you Sriram)I will get right on it.

நாகு (Nagu) said...

I wonder if there is some split-personality thing going on...

Are you talking about the same Sankaran that went to college with us? Let me shut up before I spill some scientific beans on this topic. :-)

And now I believe in reincarnation. Because somebody told me that Bombeck is dead. Not anymore!

Meenakshi Sankaran said...

Wow Nagu. That is saying something. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Erma's name is an honor. Many a nights I have gone to bed with a smile on my face after reading one of her hilarious columns. Your support and encouragement means a lot to me.

Suteerth said...

hey Aunty!

wow, i really admire your posts! this is the first time i am reading and enjoying!

after most of my first year in high school and countless hours spent sleepily reading numerous, bland, research, your posts sure are refreshing!

please, keep them coming!

-Suteerth, new in the East Coast

Meenakshi Sankaran said...

Thank you, Sutheerth, for the kind words. I am very glad to know that you find the posts 'refreshing' Hope you will stop by again sometime. :-)

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