I must preface my Science in the Know articles with a Star Trek quote from Bones to Scotty, “I’m a doctor not an engineer,” and from Bones to Mr. Spock, “I’m a doctor not an astrophysicist.”
In my case, I’m a chemical engineer…not a doctor, geneticist, paleoanthropologist, or particle or astrophysicist. However, I enjoy reading about these subjects.
I do my best to research the technical details of the nonfiction topics in my books so they are represented correctly. For example, unlike in the movies, it’s very difficult for an elevator to really free fall with all the safety mechanisms employed today.
The science fiction in my stories also is well researched. The bulk of my information comes from private interviews with Drs. Stacey Hanson, Akio Satoru, and Maddie Alkira. (Yes, Maddie has a PhD in genetics) I also have done my utmost to substantiate the brain cracking math in their physics and genetics theorems with existing experimental data. But I am engineer not a…
All these Drs. tell me they have the utmost respect for the many intelligent scientists and theories of our current day. Unfortunately, there are many limitations to that science. I think Stacey’s comment best summarized this issue. “Ed, you’re making progress understanding this technology. But reconcile yourself to the fact that the data and theorems of your day are as accurate as stating the earth is flat.”
Following are a series of articles about the Science in the Know. I have done my best to pick their brains and make the concepts understandable. I am also sure that Stacey in particular is rolling her eyes in disbelief at my short cut analogies.