THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Theory of Everything (20XX) 
ReviewerAutar Kaw
Grade: B
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 123 minutes

The theory of everything is a brief 2-hour history of the life of Stephen Hawking. The acting is great but the science has been trivialized to sudden inspirations rather than what would have been years of calculations and proofs, and disappointments and elations. The life stories have also been cleaned up a little except for a few marital indiscretions that many will not condemn. It was enjoyable as the humor was quite subtle and refreshing.

I am here to tell you that STEM degrees are hard, and they are challenging. The more we bring this revelation to the forefront, the better off we will be. It does not mean that it has to be boring and unreachable and that we keep teaching science courses the way we have been for decades. We still need to strive for diversity in STEM as that is where the new and exciting trails of science and engineering will be created.

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Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw (http://autarkaw.com) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare (nm.MathForCollege.com) annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.

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