Fearful of cliche and ensuing boredom, I must admit to watching another fascinating science program on BBC (produced with Discovery Channel). It was named Wonders of the Universe and is about the cosmos and physics. Older readers might recall the 70s television program with Carl Sagan on the same subject. Scientists have learned a great deal since that time, so the information is even more fascinating and more difficult to imagine. The visuals are marvelous.
If such programs had been available during my school years, I might have been more interested in learning about science. That said, I'm certain the school curicula lag behind current state-of-the-art knowledge. Children continue to be bored with stale lectures, out-of-date facts, and rote learning.
These programs made me realize how unimaginable it is that a creature could evolve, which is able to decipher the secrets of life and the universe. Of course, not many of their fellow creatures understand what they are talking about and could never come close to achieving similar results. Most cannot imagine that humans evolved from the smallest particle present in the universe, and none can fathom the numbers involved in the math of the universe.
A second thought occurred to me. Such knowledge and such achievement underlines the pettiness of everyday dialogue, especially in the political arena. It is a sign of intelligence, when someone can recognize facts and understand logical arguments. Anyone denying the advances of science lacks intelligence...or has a second agenda (usually associated with personal enrichment).
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.