The Science and Engineering Library presents a new exhibit, which serves as a companion to the OneBook/Conversations program at UTA.
I’m C.D. Walter, the exhibit curator, and my hope is that Alma Singer’s Wilderness Survival relates the Conversations theme of “connections” to science and engineering fields.
The theme of “connections” appears in many science and technology topics, such as computer networking, neural networks, self-organizing systems, GIS, ecology, and geometry. There are also collaborations (connections) among two or more disciplines (bioengineering, complexity theory, bioinformatics, etc.).
I believe connections between technical and social fields can produce tremendous results. Viewing complex problems through multidisciplinary lenses can produce solutions a specialist may never consider.
The great scientists and inventors of the past rarely worked in a vacuum—they were often true renaissance men, studying in depth such diverse fields as philosophy, history, the fine arts, music, multiple languages, and literature. Genius relies not solely on intelligence, but also creativity.
I hope the future scientists and engineers (and the current researchers and instructors) become participants in this multidisciplinary, cross-campus program called OneBook/Conversations. Read The History of Love. Attend some of the events.
Maybe you’ll find a few connections to your own work.
(For more involvement in the OneBook program, explore the website, check out the book resources, read the blog, and join the discussions on the Facebook group.)