This and that

Why College Students Choose Physics “It’s like, once you know Latin, the other Romance languages aren’t hard.”

"I never let my schooling interfere with my education." ascribed to Mark Twain, likely though it was Grant Allen.

Three things every college student should learn:

To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf

TV time. Take with grains of salt...

Did you know. Shift happens

National Academy of Sciences Distinctive Voices (TED Talks without the hype)

An anti-TED TED talk

WI engineering

Wednesday Nite at the Labs lectures

Advice for Future Scientists (with a biomedical focus but true generally)

Convergence of engineering, physics, and biology:

Edcast physics

Educate to Innovate: Factors That Influence Innovation: Based on Input from Innovators and Stakeholders

Diigo social bookmarks

Read what others in Garage are liking and reading, comment, and contribute: Diigo group


Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics

The Industrial Physicist

The Wisconsin Engineer

Browse current US federally funded research at CHORUS

That and this

Great achievements

The Art of Insight in Science and ENgineering, Sanjoy Mahajan, a romp through Fermi problems, estimation techniques Open SOurce, , See also Street Fighting Mathmatics

Educate to Innovate:Factors That Influence Innovation: Based on Input from Innovators and Stakeholders (2015)

Emotional intelligence and innovative thinking

On Thinking big

Competitive prizes help move printable prosthetic hand closer to market. A UW undergraduate project success story

Resource article on entrepreneurship in physics

Emerging technologies

Steve Jobs commencement address (Not that I recommend dropping out of college mind you. Much..)

MIT class: How to make almost anything and the spread of FabLabs (2006 and an update),

“Matt Crawford’s remarkable book on the morality and metaphysics of the repairman looks into the reality of practical activity. It is a superb combination of testimony and reflection, and you can’t put it down.” —Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University

Dyson advice for inventors

DARPA initiatives,

How products are made

Physics books

How to become a good theoretical physicist by Gerard ’t Hooft. Take a deep breath first...

Fundamental Numerical Methods and Data Analysis, George W. Collins, II, Includes chapter on probability theory and statistics. Invitation to Contemporary Physics, Q Ho-Kim (Université Laval, Canada), N Kumar (Raman Research Institute, India), C S Lam (McGill University, Canada), ; light reading in lasers, superconductivity, symmetry, chaos, black hooes, fundamental forces and particles, cosmology.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics (free, online), and Feynman's Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice - A Problem-Solving Supplement to the Feynman Lectures on Physics

Free physics textbooks -

David Tong Lectures from Dynamics to Strings with links to other courses -


MIT Open Courses (search e.g. 'waves')

Learning theory and pedagogy

Experiential learning instrument ELVIS

Playing with Physic Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Education

General career advice

NCSES Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers in the United States - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

What folks are actually doing SBIR awards

Heart of the Matter - Andy Chan's career advice (interview tips etc)

What is an education about?

An example career for a physicist you might not have considered: "My Life as a Quant", also on googlebooks.

Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It):: STEM Careers in Social Innovation and Global Sustainable Development (introduction by Venturewell)

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference is a 2015 book by William MacAskill that serves as a primer on the effective altruism movement that seeks to do the most good. and

Leadership skill

Check out the campus Certificate in Leadership program and the links under online modules at

On being a scientist

On being a scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (free download) ttp://

Writing about it

The craft of scientific writing

UW guide

Bibliography of design and experimentation (Randy Tagg, CU-Denver)

On Design--

Moore, J. H., C. C. Davis, Coplan, M. A., and S. G. Greer, Building Scientific Apparatus, 4th ed. (Cambriidge Univ. Press, 2009) .

Scherz, P., and S. Monk, Practical Electronics For Inventors, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2013). O 'Sullivan, D. and T. Igoe, Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers (Thomson Course Technology PTR, 2004).

On innovation--

Wagner, T. Creating Innovators:: the Making of Young People Who Will Change the World (Scribner, 2012).

Von Hippel, E., Democratizing Innovation (MIT Press, 2005).

BBiodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, Zenios, S., J. Makower, and P. Yock, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010) [ISBN 978-0-521-51742-3].

A bibliography of innovation courtesy Lawrence University Economics 211/Physics 201

The Medici Effect, by Frans Johansson, HBS Press, 2006.

Harvard Business Review on Innovation, HBS Press, 2001.

Harvard Business Review on Breakthrough Thinking, HBS Press, 1999.

Engines of Innovation, R. S. Rosenbloom and W. J. Spencer, HBS Press, 1996.

Edison on Innovation, by Alan Axelrod, Wiley, 2008.

Innovate Like Edison, by M. J. Gelb and S. M. Caldicott, Dutton, 2007.

Edison — A Life of Invention, by Paul Israel, Wiley, 1998.

The Wizard of Menlo Park, by Randall Stross, Three Rivers Press, 2007.

Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, by J. N. Shurkin, Macmillan, 2008.

The Innovator’ s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen, Collins, 2002.

Creativity in Context, by Teresa M. Amabile, Westview Press, 1996.

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America ... , Nat. Acad. Press, 2007. Is America Falling Off the Flat Earth?, Norman R. Augustine, National Academies Press, 2008.

The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress, by Joel Mokyr, Oxford, 1990.

The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy, by Joel Mokyr, Princeton, 2002.

Strategic Innovation in Established Companies, by C. Markides, Sloan Management Review, 1998.

Invention by Design by Henry Petroski, Published by Harvard University Press, 1996.

Innovation and Incentives, by Suzanne Scotchmer, MIT Press, 2006.

Against Intellectual Monopoly, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008, Management Innovators: The People and Ideas that Have Shaped Modern Business, Oxford, 1998.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas S. Kuhn, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1970.

Inside Real Innovation, by E. Fitzgerald, A. Wankerl, and C. Schramm, World Scientific, 2011.

The Innovator’ s DNA, by J. Dyer, H. Gregersen, and C. Christensen, Harvard, 2011.

The Power of Strategy Innovation, by R.E. Johnston, Jr. and J. D. Bate, Amacon, 2003.

Prophet of Innovation, by T. K. McCraw, Harvard, 2007.

Closing the Innovation Gap, by J. Estrin, McGraw-Hill, 2009.

The Myths of Innovation, by Scott Berkun, O’Reilly, 2007.

The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelley, Doubleday, 2001.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship, by Peter Drucker, Elsevier, 1985.

The Other Side of Innovation, by V. Govindarajan and C. Trimble, Harvard, 2010.

Design-Inspired Innovation, by James Utterback et al., World Scientific, 2006.

The Ten Faces of Innovation, by Tom Kelley, Doubleday, 2005.

Inspiring & Executing Innovation, Harvard Business Review, 2011.

Reverse Innovation, by V. Goviondarajan and C. Trimble, HBR Press, 2012.

Imagine, by Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, by S. Johnson, Riverhead, (2010). University Collaboration for Innovation, by David Good et al., Sense Publishers, 2007.

Creating Innovators, by Tony Wagner, Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Launching the Innovation Renaissance, by Alex Tabarrok, TED book.

The Innovative University, by Clayton Christensen and Henry J. Eyring, Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Case Studies: Innovation at 3M Corporation, HBS Case Study 9-699-012, 2002.

IDEO Product Development, HBS Case Study 9-600-143, 2007.

Accidental Innovation, HBS Case Study 9-607-082, 2007.

Innovation and Invention - A Patent Guide for Inventors and Managers, Kellogg School of Management Case Study KEL104, 2006.

Articles: Creating Breakthroughs at 3M, by E. von Hippel et al., HBR on Innovation, HBS Press 2001.

Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change, by C. M. Christensen and M. Overdorf; and Enlightened Experimentation: The New Imperative . . . , by S. Thomke, HBR on Innovation, HBS Press, 2001.

How to Kill Creativity, by T. M. Amabile, HBR Breakthrough Thinking, HBS Press, 1999.

The Discipline of Innovation, by Peter F. Drucker, Harvard Business Review, 1985.

Innovation: The Classic Traps, by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review, 2006.

Why, What, and How of Management Innovation, by Gary Hamel, Harvard Business Review, 2006.

Turn Customer Input into Innovation, by Anthony W. Ulwick, Harvard Business Review, 2002.

Disruptive Innovation for Social Change, by Clayton Christensen et al., HBR December 2006.

Creativity is Not Enough,by Theodore Levitt, Harvard Business Review, August 2002.

How Is Innovation Taught? On the Humanities . . . by Dan Edelstein, Liberal Education, Vol. 96, No. 1. Special Report on Entrepreneurship, The Economist, March 14th 2009.

Writing a Business Plan: The Basics, from The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, HBS Press, 2006.

The Economics of Science and Technology, David Audretsch et al., Journal of Technology Transfer, 27, 155– 203, 2002.

SRI reading list on innovation

SRI International's Innovation Programs offers these recommendations for thought-provoking reading.

ARPA-e's Tech to Market Resource list

General T2M Resources - readiness, funding, intellectual property

Design Through Systems (from Doug Marschalek Art Education/Art Department)

Alexander, C., Ishikwa, S. & Silverstein, M. (1997). A pattern language: Towns, buildings, construction.

Bowman, M. (1999). What is Distributed Learning? Tech Sheet, Vol. II, Issue I, 23. April.

Casti, J. (1989). Alternate realities: Mathematical models of nature and man. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Coveney, P. & Highfield, R. (1996). Frontiers of complexity: The search for order in a chaotic world. New York: Fawcett

Davis, M., Hawley, P., McMullan, B. & Spilka, G. (1997). Design as a catalyst for learning. Alexanderia, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Johnson, S. (2001). Emergaence: The connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and so$ware. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Lea, M.,R. and Nicoll, K. (2002). Distributed Learning. Social and Cultural Approaches to Practice. Open University UK.

Lewin, R. (1992). Complexity: Life at the edge of chaos. New York: Macmillan.

Lewis, P. (1996). Tomorrow by design: A regional design process for sustainability. New York, NY: Wiley.

Rayala, M. (1996). Changing your mind: Toward a general theory of learning. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Wheatley, M. & Kellner-Rogers, M. A simpler way. San Francisco, CA: Bellett-Koehler.

Sustainability and Design

Design For The Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, Victor Papanek

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by Michael Braungart

Sustainable Energy without the hot air, David McKay (download at

Change by Design by Tim Brown

More at

AAPT resources in Sustainability in Physics

Maker manuals (from MIT Fablab inventory)

Purchase through

0521570956 The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, Gershenfeld 38 4901.99.0050

0521580447 The Physics of Information Technology, Gershenfeld 26.99 4901.99.0050

0465027466 Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop--from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication, Gershenfeld 14.04 4901.99.0050 007134666X Programming and Customizing the AVR Microcomputer, Dhananjay Gadre 24.85 4901.99.0050

0070580782 Practical Electronics for Inventors, Paul Scherz 44.5 4901.99.0050

0198562403 Electric Motors and Their Controls: An Introduction, Tak Kenjo 63.56 4901.99.0050

0070240124 Electric Motors and Control Techniques, Irving M. Gottleib 14.24 4901.99.0050

0750677236 Analog Interfacing to Embedded Microprocessor Systems, Stuart Ball 50.32 4901.99.0050

0596006403 Linux Cookbook, Carla Schroder 29.67 4901.99.0050

0750656352 AVR: An Introductory Course, John Morton 34.36 4901.99.0050

0387007504 Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs and Applications, Jacob Fraden 72.72 4901.99.0050

872634922 Precision Machine Design, Alexander Slocum 112 4901.99.0050

521370957 The Art of Electronics, Paul Horowitz, Winfield Hill 93.75 4901.99.0050

0596002815 Learning Python, Second Edition, Mark Lutz, David Ascher 50.03 4901.99.0050

0596001886 Python in a Nutshell, Alex Martelli 6.93 4901.99.0050

0813340063 Building Scientific Apparatus, John Moore, et al 151.84

Engineering Design Fundamentals


Importance of research experience for undergraduates

APS statement

"Research experiences provide students with skills in problem definition, project design, open-ended problem solving, use of modern instruments and techniques, data collection and analysis, analytical and computational modeling, and communication of evidence-based technical arguments. These skills are of great value to students as they go on to engage in future scientific enterprises and positively impact the overall economic and social well-being of the nation. Participation in research has been shown to increase retention in STEM degree programs, support students’ decisions to pursue STEM careers, and enables students to more effectively transition from the classroom to professional practice."


[NSSE 2012] 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement, [Nagda 1998] Nagda, B. A., Gregerman, S. R., Jonides, J., von Hippel, W., & Lerner, J. S. “Undergraduate student-faculty research partnerships affect student retention,” The Review of Higher Education, 22(1), 55–72 (1998).

[Harrison 2011] Harrison, M., Dunbar, D., Ratmansky, L., Boyd, K., & Lopatto, D. “Classroom-based science research at the introductory level: Changes in career choices and attitude,” CBE Life Sciences Education, 10(3), 279–86 (2011).

[Lopatto 2007] Lopatto, D. “Undergraduate research experiences support science career decisions and active learning” CBE-Life Sciences Education, 6(4), 297–306 (2007).

[Hunter 2006] Hunter, A., Laursen, S. L., & Seymour, E. “Becoming a scientist : The role of undergraduate research in students’ cognitive, personal, and professional development,” Science Education, 91(1), 36–74 (2006).

[Thiry 2011] Thiry, H., Laursen, S. L., & Hunter, A.-B. “What experiences help students become scientists?: A comparative study of research and other sources of personal and professional gains for STEM undergraduates,” The Journal of Higher Education, 82(4), 357–388 (2011).

[Junge 2010] Junge, B., Quiñones, C., Kakietek, J., Teodorescu, D., & Marsteller, P. (2010). Promoting undergraduate interest, preparedness, and professional pursuit in the sciences: An outcomes evaluation of the SURE program at Emory University. CBE life sciences education, 9(2), 119–32. doi:10.1187/cbe.09-08-0057.

[PCAST 2012] President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. (2012). Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (pp. 1–130). [Summers 2006] Summers, M. F., & Hrabowski, F. A. (2006). Preparing minority scientists and engineers. Science, 311(5769), 1870–1.

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