EDUCATION: Audio Engineering

Science  17 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5571, pp. 1207
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5571.1207a

Bill Hammack can rhapsodize over the clever design of a soda can or a Scotch tape dispenser. Every week on his public radio show Engineering and Life, the chemical engineer from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, explores the genesis of ordinary things such as superglue, contact lenses, the Internet, matches, and even SPAM, the canned meat. At Hammack's EngineerGuy Web site, you can listen to nearly all the programs dating back to the show's inception in 1999. His light, often humorous essays also provide insight into the cultural forces that speed or hamper the acceptance of new products and the inventors' often unexpected sources of inspiration.

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