Spotlight: Daniel Raviv – An Engineering Professor With a Special Mission

By Gideon

Professor Daniel Raviv, a Technion graduate, has a mission: Making science more accessible and better understood by all people. A tall order, considering that the reaction of many people, when hearing the words “Math”  or “Physics”, is to run away in the other direction, believing that these subjects are so complicated that only few very smart people can understand them.  Professor Raviv has developed a unique and innovative technique of explaining science in a way that everyone can understand and benefit from. 

In his recent book Math-Less Physics: A Visual Guide to Understanding Newton’s Laws of Motion, Daniel Raviv tells the story of how he became involved with simplifying science:

Daniel Raviv loves math and science. It comes easy and natural to him, almost instinctive. He is good at it. It wasn’t until his daughter came back from high school one day and told him “I don’t understand what acceleration is” that he began using alternative ways to explain science. Real-life examples instead of equations.

He told his daughter: “No problem. Let’s get in the car and I’ll show you.”

He spent half an hour with his daughter in the car accelerating and braking. When they were done she understood the concept. With this in mind he decided to craft a new approach to understanding physics, one which would be understandable not only to students experiencing difficulties with physics, but also to students who struggle with math-heavy concepts in general.

He began writing physics and other science books without any math. In the text he relies on familiar, everyday examples to help readers build their knowledge of physics on something that they already understood.

Daniel Raviv has over 25 years of combined experience in the hi-tech industry, government, and academia. He is currently a professor of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University. He also served as Assistant Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and as Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Daniel Raviv received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is a co-holder of a Guinness World Record.

Dr. Daniel Raviv is the author of the following books: 

Math-Less Physics: A Visual Guide to Understanding Newton’s Laws of Motion

Understood: A Visual and Intuitive Approach to Teaching and Learning Control Systems

8 Simple Ways to Outsmart a Mosquito: A Hands-On Guide to Learning the 8 Keys to Innovation

Everyone Loves Speed Bumps, Don’t You? A Guide to Innovative Thinking

Partly Funny with a Chance of Brainstorms: A Guide to Divergent Thinking

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