We decided to name the blog “Wind Against Current” because we’re both fascinated by the effect of opposing forces. When you’re paddling, having the wind and current in opposition often creates what kayakers euphemistically call “interesting” conditions. In particular, if you’re paddling with the current and against the wind (one of Johna’s favorite scenarios) you may experience surprisingly large waves.
More broadly, in both science and engineering, opposing forces lie behind many interesting situations. Opposing forces create both colloidal suspensions and turbulence, airplane flight and its instabilities, heart rhythms and arrhythmias… And if you want to get metaphysical, many philosophies feature the notion of opposing forces of light and darkness, yin and yang, good and evil.
So we decided to create a space in which we could explore, with friends, the many ways in which opposing forces shape our world.
We invite you to join the discussion. We’re moderating comments for all the usual reasons, but we’ll never delete a post (even if we find it objectionable) without letting you know.
We look forward to hearing from you!