Stationary | 11 November 2015What Did One Science Nerd Say to the Other? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Here’s one way to find out! A great gift idea for fellow nerds, scientists, science teachers and intellectuals at-large, Periodic Thoughts: 30 Postcards for your Inner Science Nerd pairs famous scientific quotes with fun, scrapbook-style artwork. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to find in the collection: Artwork © Julie Huffman. Image credit: Leonardo da Vinci. Back Side: Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910) was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. While teaching, this Englishwoman developed an interest in pursuing a medical degree. Opportunities for women in medicine were limited then. She saved her money, studied, and was eventually accepted into a medical school in New York. Thinking it was a joke, the student body that was predominately male voted to accept her. She eventually established her own medical school, known as the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary. Artwork © Julie Huffman. Photo credit: Georgium Jacobum von Datschitz, Comet of 1577. Back Side: Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) was a student of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. He took Brahe’s observations further by establishing three laws relating to the orbits of planetary objects. One of Kepler’s laws explained the elliptical nature of most of the objects orbiting our sun. These laws have helped scientists understand the nature of various celestial bodies. Kepler’s advances helped lead to human spaceflight! The image here is of the Great Comet of 1577—which Kepler witnessed as a child—and may have motivated his interest in astronomy! Artwork © Julie Huffman. Photo credit: Paper: creativequbedesign.etsy.com, Eye and Heart: Paul Sherman. Back Side: Do you love science? Do you dream of having a career similar to some of the scientists featured in this book? If so, consider a career in a STEM field! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, all fields that are in dire need of more workers. As our world becomes increasingly focused on knowledge-based economies and globalization, more and more STEM jobs will need to be filled with qualified applicants. Eighty percent of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills!* And don’t worry, there is plenty of cool science left to be discovered! *Source: “Why the Focus on STEM?” (The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, 2011). Artwork © Julie Huffman. Photo credit: NASA. Back Side: Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) was an Italian astronomer, teacher, and physicist. In 1610 he discovered the first four moons of Jupiter, and tried to convince the masses that the earth was not the center of the solar system, but that planets orbited the sun. His theories didn’t sit well with the earth-centered views of religious institutions. He was persecuted by the church, which eventually led to his house arrest until he died in 1642. He is considered to be a true hero of scientific reasoning and the Father of Modern Science. Artwork © Julie Huffman. Photo credit: Popular Science Monthly, Volume 85, 1914. Back Side: Ernest Everett Just (1883–1941) was an African American marine biologist born in South Carolina who contributed to the study of cell behavior. At the urging of his mother, Just moved north for high school for a better education. In 1907, he was the only student to graduate magna cum laude from Dartmouth University. While working at the Marine Biological Laboratory, he became intrigued with marine invertebrates and embryology. Just worked through racial barriers, persevering to become both an academic and a role model for scientists everywhere. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: “We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson Sometimes you just need to talk science, and what better way to say, “hey,” to a fellow nerd than with these perfect Periodic Thoughts postcards. Embued with scientific quotes and laws, each card is designed using different letters from the Perdiodic Table of Elements. A perfect gift for geeks, nerds, and science lovers, these smart 30 pull-out postcards are held together in perfect binding, so the cards are easy to tear out with no rough edges. Printed on sturdy, heavyweight paper, each card will stand up to the atomic weight of whatever you have to say. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.