A passion of mine has been the application of basic engineering principles to practical problems, particularly those that may lead to new products. Grasping the key nuggets of theory without being able to see a real physical embodiment is not one of my strengths. If I can hold the representation of an equation or analytical model in my hands (or see a quality graphic representation) then I am better able to achieve a full understanding of that principal, starting with a high-level analysis and then followed by a more detailed inspection. Without that high-level viewpoint, I am less likely to produce improved theories and optimal results.

I am not alone in this. Many of us learn through our experiences in the physical world. Our visual and kinesthetic learning styles have been heightened by years of practical experience. How much faster and deeper could we learn...

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