Now I know why this post is to be titled, “TECHlab” — because it was downright technical!
Although I do appreciate a good dose of history, much of the information in this week’s session was full of technical information. I learned about the powers of ten, and how they’re used in large scientific calculations. Of course, I learned that years ago, but I was never quite sure why, until now. I also learned about the use of metric prefixes… I thought we didn’t use the metric system? However, it seems as though we should, since everyone else does. It would make things a lot simpler, don’t you think?
On to the history, though, I enjoyed reading about Marconi, whom I also learned about in my intro to radio courses. What I liked about the E&E reading, however, was that it included a timeline. I love a good timeline. What I found interesting about it was that as children, we’re taught that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity. But alas, he did not. While he did play a large part in conducting studies in the mid-1700s, those studies began long before he ever even existed — in the 1500s, and in England, not the US. But we just love to take credit for stuff, don’t we? 🙂