Weird Science


The fai­rest thing we can expe­rience is the myste­rious. It is the fun­da­men­tal emo­tion which stands at the cra­dle of true art and science. He who knows it not and can no lon­ger won­der, no lon­ger feel ama­ze­ment, is as good as dead, a snuf­fed-out can­dle.

Albert Ein­stein


Will You not agree with Ein­stein? In my opi­nion, his words express the truth about our world: it is won­der­ful and we sho­uld try to get to know it as much as pos­si­ble. Our rea­lity is sha­ped by rules and laws know­ledge of which allows us to under­stand it. This is the pur­pose of science.

Natu­ral scien­ces are often per­ce­i­ved as boring and dif­fi­cult for com­mon peo­ple to under­stand. As in many areas of life, it also depends on our own point of view. Nowa­days, the com­pli­ca­tion and growth of spe­cia­li­za­tion make the whole know­ledge in the field of natu­ral scien­ces impos­si­ble to com­pre­hend for one per­son. Huma­nism from times of Leo­nardo da Vinci - when one man could be a spe­cia­list in all areas of know­ledge - have unfor­tu­na­tely pas­sed fore­ver.

Howe­ver, it is not as bad as it may seem - we can con­duct a lot of inte­re­sting expe­ri­ments and rese­arch on our own. Get­ting to know the laws and rules under­ly­ing our rea­lity gives great satis­fac­tion… Plus, it is a great way to learn some­thing new.

My aim for cre­a­ting this web­site is to popu­la­rize science and draw atten­tion to the fact that it does not only con­sist of long, incom­pre­hen­si­ble mathe­ma­ti­cal for­mu­las and abs­tract the­o­ries. In fact, a true scien­tist must keep balance between the­o­re­ti­cal and empi­ri­cal appro­a­ches. The expe­ri­ment and mathe­ma­ti­cal model must always com­ple­ment each other. I hope, my Dear Rea­der, that you will stop here for a moment or two and try to use the infor­ma­tion you will gain in prac­tice.

I would like to thank my family and friends for all their sup­port and under­stan­ding. Their help gives me a lot of energy. I am espe­cially gra­te­ful to my bro­ther - without his IT sup­port this site might not have been cre­a­ted at all.

As you know, any­thing can be used for good or bad pur­po­ses. Pre­sen­ted expe­ri­ments, their descrip­tions and illu­stra­tive mate­rials have been cre­a­ted for didac­tic pur­po­ses. They sho­uld be tre­a­ted as an inte­re­sting way to expand your know­ledge. Howe­ver, it must always be remem­be­red that any expe­ri­ment car­ried out in a care­less, inat­ten­tive or erro­ne­ous man­ner may endan­ger life or health. I warn you aga­inst car­ry­ing out expe­ri­ments which, despite my sin­cere inten­tions, are for wha­te­ver rea­son incom­pre­hen­si­ble for the rea­der. Remem­ber: you only have one health and life! In case of any doubts, it is best to write to me with a que­stion (con­tact here).

Any know­ledge deri­ved from my artic­les must not be used for pur­po­ses con­trary to appli­ca­ble law!

Most of the expe­ri­ments pre­sen­ted on this page do not requ­ire use of spe­cia­li­zed tools and dif­fi­cult-to-obtain mate­rials. I con­duc­ted and veri­fied/chec­ked all of them myself. If there is any dan­ger, it is cle­arly descri­bed each and every time it may occur.

I recom­mend rea­ding my publi­ca­tions in scien­ti­fic, popu­lar science and metho­do­logy jour­nals.

You may find it use­ful to know the copy­ri­ght laws of all mate­rial on this site. They are ava­i­la­ble here.

Feel free to expe­ri­ment :)!

Marek Ples