Happy Pi day everyone!
Starting our blog on science, technology and things that generally interest us on a day that celebrates an endless irrational number seems perfectly appropriate.
We seem to be living in an endlessly irrational world at the moment. The pursuit and possession of knowledge--and the rigorous scientific conclusions they support--are now viewed with deep suspicion in many quarters.
This is an assault on everything I have worked hard to accomplish in my career as a science journalist. And so these days, I am working tirelessly to try to keep real actual facts alive.
I spend a lot of time on the road (in excess of 250 days a year) talking to some of the smartest people on the planet. I am a fortunate person.
Despite what the political process has done to gaslight these great minds, they keep working diligently to apply what is possible to what is real.
If we would just take the time to listen, learn and understand the problems they have discovered and the solutions they recommend, the world would be a much better place.
While I’m shooting stories for PBS, I spend a lot of time getting to know scientists and engineers on a more personal level. Oftentimes these conversations are fascinating, but not directly relevant to the stories which we produce on the air and online.
One of the primary missions of this blog is to capture the essence of those interactions. You’ll be hearing from the world’s greatest scientists speaking in ways that you may not have heard before; personally.
To that end, we hope to encourage the scientific community that we cover to participate in this process. We will be looking for contributions from all of you along the way.
This blog is not about me… It’s about the people I meet and the excellent people who I work with. So you will be hearing from all of us at MOBProd on a daily basis here. We will let you know when we post something new on our Facebook and Twitter, where you can also discuss it.
Hopefully we can do our small part to end the irrationality, and we can build a society where we can have our Pi and eat it too.
So let the blogging begin!
Photo credit: Vincent Ricardel.