King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said: "....of making many books there is no end and much study is a wearying of the flesh"
In spite of this dire warning, I deign to announce that my Opus Magnum, which hopefully is even more magnum than my last opus, is slated to be on the bookshelves in just a few weeks.
Radio Science for the Radio Amateur is not for everyone. In fact, it's probably not even for most radio amateurs, but it is a great introduction to the scientific method, as well as a good overview of some science that really matters....or not.
Basic research has always been a hard sell. It doesn't solve any immediate social problems. But it does put them in a whole new perspective. The physical universe is far less chaotic....and much more optimistic....than the human one. No matter which political party is in session, the planets still orbit merrily along their chosen paths; the music of the spheres still sings.
Or, put more succinctly....society can't be fixed....but the Universe doesn't need to be. Everybody needs to, at least on occasion, observe something that works the way it's supposed to. This is why I do science, and this is why I write about science.
Basic scientific research is brutally objective and politically incorrect. Physical law is immune to political, religious, or social opinion. It is what it is, love it or shove it. The way things work cannot be legislated. Physical law stands above and beyond human arrogance...in fact, it's not even aware of Washington or Wall Street.
Absolute justice rules physical law, as well. The Universe is fair...although it may not always seem kind. You don't break physical laws, though they may break you. Gravity is impeccably impartial.
I invite anyone, regardless of natural bent, to check out Radio Science for the Radio Amateur. (No, this is not a plug to earn me royalties...I was paid a lump sum to write this). But I know you will find it an interesting and entertaining tour through some regions few people have explored. And I promise your flesh won't be too wearied in the process.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.