Saul Griffith's Make
column, Model It, or Make It Modelable
, is a really smart look at the way that models fit into the scientific method, and how computer models allow for rigorous peer-review of theories about how the world and the machines we build might work:
But here's the beautiful thing about modeling. Computational models are digital, and that makes them inherently shareable, independently verifiable, and easy to collaborate on and improve.
Model It, or Make It Modelable
Whereas my inclination was to immediately start to build something physical, Geoff's approach -- the approach of a new generation of engineers and scientists -- was to begin with a model. Start with bits. Make them perfect, beautiful, defendable, sharable bits, then render them physical once you've reached an optimum. Sure, someone might figure out a better optimum one day, but because they can start with working, executable code, they'll get to it faster.
There's an even more important reason to encourage this culture of shared models. The more people who have experience simulating the world with success, and making things from those models, the more people will trust in the models of our physical world that will guide how we shape our future.
(Image: Printable Clock, Parametric Proof of Concept by syvwlch, Syvwich/Thingiverse
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
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