Sensing, Perception, Physics
"...And not everyone has gone through that thought process." Indeed.
"The systematic, careful collection of measurements or counts of relevant quantities is often the critical difference between pseudo-sciences, such as alchemy, and science, such as chemistry or biology."
- My general intro to Sensing and perception
- A slightly more-specific intro to computer sensing as technique.
- A cursory read of the scientific method
really, only last half of 'Elements' "operation, observation, model, utility" though the rest won't hurt you.
- Read "Overview" in scientific experiment. Seriously, we'll do nothing so rigorous here! But the fundamentals are in fact critical, but easy and sensible in a practical way, without them you'll get lost. We will do 'experiments' in class to test and characterize simple sensors.
- Michael Augros' "A Bigger Physics" (2009)
and (PDF) is a broad-ranging non-technical discussion of modern physics philisophy. Though long, it's
mostly a fairly easy read, and though it seems off-topic, this contains the
underlying worldview that the sensors you buy from SparkFun assume!
- And not just so you don't think it's all one seamless monolith: many people doubt the dogma. In my opinion they are all correct. The late Paul Feyerabend especially rants on
- If you find this stuff interesting, Thomas Kuhn's brief book Structure of Scientific Revolutions was a world-changing read for me. It points out the way in which science differs from other fields -- revolutions in thought overturn old ones, which are banished utterly. (Kuhn: "I'd never read an old document in science." Aristotle's Physics was astonishingly unlike Isaac Newton's work in its concepts of matter and motion. Kuhn concluded that Aristotle's concepts were not "bad Newton," just different.) --Wikipedia (Be warned that in current philosophy of science studies the ideas in this book are considered somewhat obsolete and now controversial, but i have no stake in those peoples' turf wars.)
Technical basic resources