WILLIAM J. BEATY
HV/Electrostatics specialist, Lecturer, Sci. Exhibit Designer, Textbook Consultant, Amateur Physicist
At the moment I'm a Research Engineer on staff at the University of Washington in Seattle:
Computer Electronic Services, Chemistry Department
In the past I've spent time as an embedded
designer and software engineer, consulted on textbooks, lectured about
electricity education, designed science projects for kids, and built
physics exhibits while running the electronics dept. at the
Museum of Science in Boston.
Today I spend my free time running SCIENCE HOBBYIST, a large website for
amateur science and science education. You'll also find me hanging out on
physics education forum,
holding forth about various ways to
explain all things
I was born in the US but I was raised on the island of Guam, which gave me a bit of an "outsider" viewpoint which I've carefully tried to preserve. And when you're in 3rd grade while both your parents are school teachers, it gives you a critical eye regarding the foibles of educators. I was bitten by the science bug at an early age and had fun with a chemistry set, but I soon discovered where the REAL magic was hidden: hobbyist electronics. Even more magical is the Black Art of electrostatics. And to search for traces of true magic in the sciences, nothing beats actual magic.