Please welcome MK from the “MKT Library” Blog. I first came across this wonderful blog while I was looking for a post on Astronomy. I not only found the post but I found so much more!! This blog is full of interesting questions, interesting answers and is the first of its kind I have come across. I really hope you will enjoy browsing it as much as I did…and still do. But first, MK has submitted to the usual “Chouett Interogation”, so please go again and get to know MK.
LaChouett: MKT Library is the first library blog I have come across and is such an interesting concept. How did you come up with it?
MK: The concept started simple. I have a wonderful opportunity using the greatest resource on the planet, the internet, to read about and understand science. I tend to get in heated discussions with friends and sometimes family about many subjects associated with science and when I try to get a reference to the articles, journals, books and publications that I come across or read, things get a little complicated. I need to search and locate the material, then locating the part I need and then provide the required citations for the discussion. For that reason, I started to archive the things I read on my computer. However, that process was static and dull and the only person benefited from it was (me). I realized that since I am using these materials as references every time I talk about since, it is as important to share them with people. Then the MKT Library blog was born, to serve that purpose.
An added advantage to that is being corrected when proven to be wrong. I love to find out that I was wrong about something. I firmly believe that when you are wrong and get to know the right stuff, then you can really learn. Otherwise, you are just repeating the same errors and “mistakes” and that is just as wasteful as watching a “reality show”. I love to learn and I love being corrected. Most importantly, I am never ashamed to admit that (I lack the knowledge) and the fact that I could be (Wrong) most of the time.
It is worth mentioning that MKT Library is an infant child in a world of giants. Nevertheless, walking in the steps of these giants is a thrilling experience. It is a constant reminder that these giants used to be infants just like me today, and one day I would love to be like them and walk amongst them as a giant. Honestly, if I can be half of what they are, it would be an achievement of a lifetime on the personal level.
Sharing knowledge gives me an exhilarated feeling I can never compare it to anything else (well, certain things are very exhilarating but in a completely different way, If you know what I mean).
LaChouett: Out of all the categories you catalogue items for, which one are you the most proud of and why?
MK: Well, that is a tough question because the fact that I read and archive scientific material is an important matter to me and hopefully to the readers and visitors of the blog.
However, I have to say fundamental physics articles and research fascinate me and every time I read about fundamental physics, I get to be in a wonderfully crazy and unpredictable world. Physics, in my humble opinion, is the mother of all modern sciences and when you marry physics and mathematics in the “holy” matrimony under the watchful eye of nature, they give birth to the most amazing science one can ever imagine. Physics and mathematics turn dreams into reality, bring the realm of science fictions to the tips of our fingers in an unprecedented way, and turn it to more than a reality; it becomes a part of us, a part of the grand experience of our species.
Since the evolutionary dawn of humanity when the sun started to rise ushering a new day, humanity wondered about its place in the universe. As the sun sets and the stars begin to (shine bright like diamonds) in the night sky, humankind wondered even deeper and they developed a special connection to the stars trying to satisfy a dangerous curiosity and longing for a drink that ignites the imagination to continue the next day. I am just a tiny part of that, therefore, I developed a special love for the night sky and the stars that continue to shine until the day I die and long after that. Astronomy is something that makes me feel happy, excited, accelerated, terrified, connected and loving. The universe is my the grand home that houses the milky way galaxy, our humble galactic neighborhood where our little suburb or shore exists, the solar system then the tiny speck of dust know as earth, or in the words of the great Carl Sagan (The pale blue dot). So small, yet so big. So near, yet so far.
LaChouett: Where do you want to see MKT Library a year from now?
MK: In a year, MKT library will be one and a half year of age. Still an infant, barely walking, not yet talking. Nevertheless, this infant has to grow up and learn more. Moreover, no matter how old we get, we will always continue seeking for knowledge. I hope to see MKT Library reaching more and more people. I hope to have more people contributing and sharing their knowledge through the library. I hope to see the library as a place for fun and scientific entertainment.
I would feel much better when I lie in bed knowing that I am contributing to the process of popularizing science and reaching the masses to increase and improve scientific literacy and help people to think critically and use the scientific method to manage their enquiries so that they can arrive the most, possibly, accurate conclusion.
LaChouett: One word to sum you up?
LaChouett: What is your favourite book of all time and does it feature in MKT as a post?
MK: Wow, this is the toughest question of the night.
It is the best example I can think of that could help anyone attempting to communicate or teach science.
Here, I leave you with these words………… Love you all
It has been a pleasure doing this interview. Best of luck for everyone in their future endeavours..
Thank you MK
The “MKT Library” blog will feature on Chouett to the end of the week