The True Test of Education

Sometime around 1969, standing in the breezeway of Balch Hall at Scripps College in Claremont, I typed “Echo Hello World” on the keyboard of the metal Texas Instruments paper terminal, saved the string as a text file named (with masterful originality) “ChristeHello” over a 300 baud phone line connection on the CalTech computer 35 miles… Continue reading The True Test of Education

The Right Answer

I start Natural Science I each year with the question “What is science?” The result is generally a lively debate in which students start by giving me one-sentence answers. “Science is the study of nature”, Joe says. “What do you mean by ‘nature’?”  I ask. There is consternation, silence, and eventually another attempt.   “Nature… Continue reading The Right Answer