For some people, tripping over a tree root might
result in embarrassment, an expletive or even a sight injury. For Dan Fleisch,
award-winning associate professor of physics, such a misstep resulted in an “a-ha”
moment that has since led to a one-of-a-kind course with a high-tech twist.
After his brief fall while conducting
research in Cambridge, England, last
year, Fleisch realized that the roots
of much of modern science began in
the labs, homes, locales and academic
institutions across the United Kingdom.
From there, the conceptual framework
for a new course, appropriately titled
“The Roots of 21st-Century Science,”
took hold, and, like Newton beneath the
apple tree, Fleisch’s brainstorm quickly
became a full-fledged undertaking.