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Although I'm not destined to be a scientist, I've had a love of all things technical since I was a kid. You'd find me dissecting a lineman's handset, or exploring boxes of electrical parts. One of the coolest techie things I saw as a kid was the inside of a central office at night full of blinking lights and droning hardware. I have my dad and brother to thank for introducing me to some of the first personal portable computers. My mid-80s elementary school math book actually had Basic programming directions. I was one of the few lucky kids that had a computer to program them with, before printing the patterns out through the snazzy dot matrix. Remember Pi? I never got any funny 216-string printouts though.
I'm a graduate of Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, with an associate in history and an associate in arts, and a minor in computer information systems-web development. I am also pursing an associate in modern languages and an associate in science at Sinclair. As well, I am enrolled as a senior at Wright State University, pursuing a bachelor in history and in liberal studies, and am returning to Sinclair to finish my Web Development degree.
My main passions are music, art, and writing. Even though I'm not going to be one of the lucky ones pioneering in emerging technical disciplines, I still draw a lot of inspiration from science and history, and they show up in my creations. A night reading about quantum cascade lasers is a night well spent. Out of all the sciences, my favorite subjects are quantum mechanics, neuroscience, computer science, astronomy, and the history and philosophy of science, but no science is uninteresting. In the future I'd like to become better-versed in more complex mathematics.
I had wanted to create a site like this for awhile. When the opportunity arose as an astronomy project in early 2009, I took it. I've compiled a good amount of information, so it should stand as a great resource to pique interest and create curiosity.
I hope it inspires you.
T. E. Hieatt . Oct 2011
- updated Mar 2014
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The purpose of this site is to provide a non-technical resource that encourages the exploration of extrasolar planets and the emerging scientific frontiers that follow.
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Answering this question is important, and understanding it is the basis of why we study planets in other solar systems. Some might wonder if studying planets gazillions of miles away are worth the effort considering we have so many problems on Earth. First, not every scientist can be a climatologist or ecologist, and the gap between Earth-based physical science and astronomical science is continually lessening. Learning about far-off worlds can tell us things we never knew about our own planet, maybe to the point of saving humanity. Who knows? Second, it's also important because snazzy new technologies are created out of space research that get passed on to us. Your comfy sneakers and cordless drill came from space research, so studying the Universe has a personal impact on you everyday. Some people might also say it's a waste of money to spend millions of dollars on space programs when people can't get health insurance. Rest assured that out of the entire US gross domestic product, significantly more funds are spent on health. Space programs are a drop in the bucket. For an analysis of where your tax dollar goes, see this chart.
Although one could find more reasons, I think the best reason is, because we simply can!
For a detailed list of NASA technology spinoffs, see this.
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Considerable efforts have been made in assembling accurate up-to-date information. I'm not a professional scientist, just the armchair variety, so if you find something to be erroneous, contact with the error and sources of credible documentation.