What Have I Learned? – Sharing Knowledge

Reflecting on why my discussions with engineers at Rosemount Analytical and Broadley-James Corporation (see Dec 22 entry) were so personally rewarding, I realized that I was getting access to knowledge of decades of experience from vintage specialists and that this knowledge might otherwise be lost.

Every year, hundreds of engineers with a wealth of experience are retiring. Most have never had the time to write. In 10 years, the knowledge gained will be so far gone the engineers left won’t even know what they missed. I am not talking about the specs, construction, and theory of measurements, control, and valves but what works and doesn’t work and why.

I have written a lot of articles (30), blogs (100), books (18), columns (68), and papers (20). What I got out of writing is a liberating feeling of having expressed and shared my understanding and experience. This is why I made several of my books available as E-books. Books also enabled me to organize my thoughts, bring closure, and give me the freedom to move on.

Ever since I got going on the “Modeling and Control” website, my circle of readers has gotten increasingly larger. Books are nice and in fact people prefer to have a bound book for reading and reference but the web is the best way of sharing knowledge. A good strategy would be to put tidbits of new books out on the web to create interest and expose more people to what you offer.

So this is an invitation to avoid your knowledge be lost for eternity by creating your own website. If you are going to do a blog, don’t follow my example. The blog should be brief with pictures and be published the same day of the week every week.

What distinguish humans from other animals are the gifts through art and science to discover, create, and disseminate knowledge and beauty expanding our understanding and perception of the universe. Art and science can both get at the essence and create new entities that take on an essence of their own. Both improve the quality and level of life. For me, good technical writing is both art and science. Try doing a weekly blog on what you have learned. I bet if you stick with it you will find it rewarding and create something that takes on an existence of its own.