ESP Biography

BOWEN YU, Columbia undergraduate studying Physics/Education

Major: Physics

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Greetings. Thanks for stopping by.

My name is Bowen Yu and I am currently pursuing a bachelors in physics at Columbia University. I’m from the rolling suburbia that is Long Island and did a lot of astronomy stuff in high school. My passions include making things, philosophy, Doctor Who, Sherlock, science fiction, astronomy, physics, and education (all with intense and varying degrees of enthusiasm). I enjoy skiing and skating in the winter and camping in the summer.
I think it’s really important to share as much knowledge as possible, so I hope you enjoy your experience with Splash.

Past Classes

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S551: Scale of the Solar System: How big is Uranus really? in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 04, 2017)
Can the Earth really fit into the Sun more than a million times? How far did New Horizons fly to reach Pluto? Why isn't Pluto a planet? These are some questions that you will hopefully not only know the answers to by the end of class, but truly comprehend the scales that we have no reference to here on Earth. In one hour, each one of you will create a scale model of the solar system that will give you a new perspective on how you view the solar system. If time allows, we will also discuss how our solar system compares to others nearby and in the grand scheme that is the entire universe.

X592: Anatomy of a Fountain Pen in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 04, 2017)
Fountain pens may seem like a thing from the days of yore, but they are making a real comeback! Whether it’s about being steampunk, #calligraphy on Instagram or whatever you kids do these days, a myriad of benefits come with using a fountain pen. It can not only help you have neater handwriting but some evidence even shows it can help your self-esteem and raise your academic performance. In class, we will cover the basic parts of a fountain pen, the common variations you might come across and some writing techniques. I will provide some cheap fountain pens for you to try out and play around with.

S406: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology: An Introduction to Astronomy in Splash Fall 2016 (Nov. 05, 2016)
This class will provide an overview of interesting topics in astronomy. We will be focusing more on concepts rather than rigorous mathematical descriptions of astronomical phenomenon. Topics to be discussed include stellar evolution, galaxies types, cosmological principles, basic special and general relativity, black holes, current events, and anything that you find interesting!

E408: The Maker Movement: An explosion of DIY culture and how you can be a part of it in Splash Fall 2016 (Nov. 05, 2016)
What is the philosophy of the Maker Movement? Who are Makers? What are all the awesome things they're doing and how can I join in on it? We'll be discussing these question and more! In recent years, there has been an explosion in Do It Yourself culture and it's even a bit hipster now. But it can be hard to pin down what exactly Making is. Often there seem to be large barriers to entry that might scare people off, but in one hour I will try and show you all the cool ways that you can be a Maker without fancy equipment and hopefully inspire you to come up with your own projects.