Estimation doesn't have to be complicated.

Estimating The Number Of Gas Stations In The United States

Earlier this week I posed the first in a weekly series on Thought Questions asking: How many gas stations are in the United States? There is more than one way to approach this question. The important thing to note is that our approach to estimation revolves around our experiences. But at some point one usually has to make a reasoned guess. In this case, my initial assumption was a guess on the costs to run...

Retro Gas Station

Thought Puzzles And Creative Thinking

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein As part of my ongoing commentary on the skills needed to become a scientist - and what one can do to advance these skills - I'm launching a weekly item on Thought Puzzles. One of the key elements to being a scientist is having the ability to think deeply, critically, analytically and creatively about problems....

Young Scientist

Preparing For A Career In Science Or Engineering

It was once every parents dream that their child grow up to be a doctor or a lawyer. But with rising costs of medical and law schools, and a shrinking job outlook in many markets - particularly for attorneys - parents are looking to the exploding industries centered around the sciences and engineering. Unsurprisingly, there has been a surge of students seeking acceptance into science and engineering programs at colleges and universities around the world....