A Vast Connection

Being in the era of technology there are countless ways to get your point across and share your ideas with the world. Nowadays  we all have a Facebook or twitter account to keep in contact with friends, families, and simply share our lives with the world. There are sites such as Webmd, where doctors and the like post information and findings to order to aid the general public (or anyone wanting to use it) when they may have concerns or a thirst for knowledge regarding their body. Seeing that sites such as that exist there is no surprise that a site would exist (most likely dozens) that would be a coming together of “scientists” to share their findings with each other.

Recently I have come across an article regarding structural health monitoring of structures using wireless technologies on the site hindawi, which is an open-journal site where people of all fields of science can upload their research for the public to see. This article interests me a lot because it touches on a important topic in structural analysis of bridges which is what I am aiming to do in the future. The paper references using wireless technology to mitigate structural problems brought on by age as well as nature (earthquakes, rain, etc.)

When reading the abstract and introduction of this paper you can come to realize that, due to its simplistic writing style, it can be geared to any sort of audience, engineer, scientist, or the general public, that is interested in bridges, the threat nature has on the structures we interact with, or perhaps, in this specific article, the Adolphe Bridge in Luxembourg City, Germany. As the paper progresses it gets more “sciency” though maintains a simple enough style for most people to understand.

 

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One thought on “A Vast Connection

  1. Great site and discussion of it. Do you think the site successfully negotiates the divide between engineers and the average person? One of the difficult issues the internet provokes is that people have the ability to choose to read only what they know, and to avoid those things they don’t know about–what techniques is this site (and the article) using to overcome this avoidance?

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