The Science of Speed Premiere

The Science of Speed video series is now up at We did a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway Friday April 3rd afternoon announcing the series. If you told me three years ago I’d be sitting at a racetrack in-between a real racecar driver and an official from the National Science Foundation, I would have told you that you were nuts.


We got great coverage from and even a podcast that Marc at Full Throttle was kind enough to post!

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I'm a recovering academic who writes about the intersection of science and life. I'm interested in AI, advanced prosthetics, robots and anything that goes fast. Author, THE PHYSICS OF NASCAR and Editor, BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS OF NANOTECHNOLOGY


  1. Hey, Diandra! Cool stuff!! Still working my way through the videos, and so far I like what I see.

  2. hey dr d! great videos and what a terrific idea — using nascar to make physics “come to life” for students. this just might put an end to the whine “but when will i ever use this in ‘real life’?” can you see which segments are viewed most often? i’m betting “car safety” is at the top but i like “tires and pressure” personally: i never really considered the effect of build on the tires during the race. it’s tidbits of knowledge such as that one which made me bookmark science360!

    and i have to say that even tho’ the 00 wreck was a year ago and i know he’s just fine and all, i STILL hold my breath when i watch it. i intensely dislike the cot in it’s current generation and hope nascar works on it — or let the teams work on it! — to improve the racing. but from a safety perspective, it proved itself that afternoon.

    again, great job and thanks for letting us know about the site — and the free downloads!

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