Mad Science Club (Unrecognized)

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The popular stereotype of the researcher is that of a skeptic and a pessimist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Scientists must be optimists at heart, in order to block out the incessant chorus of those who say "It cannot be done."
Meeting Information
Place: Lemelson
Time: Saturdays, 3-4 PM
Contact Information
Signer Information
Signer 1: Maggie Karlin
Signer 2: Nathan Whitmore
Signer 3: Megan McGrath
Advisor Information
Advisor name: Donna Cohn
Signer Resources
Group Account Number: 556
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Mission Statement

We seek to increase appreciation and practice of the inventive roots of scientific creation in all fields. This group is for people interested in working in science or engineering, or for anyone interested in learning more about these fields. We meet weekly to provide student-run lectures in the sciences. We also exist to work on, provide help for, and critique group projects and individual members’ works. We provide a space where people can discover and explore their desires to build electrical, mechanical, and other creations, and pursue research. All are welcome to come to our meetings, regardless of previous knowledge or experience with the subjects of our interest. We plan to use our funding to purchase components for our group projects, as well as to fund experiments.

Ideas are tested by experiment. That is the core of science. Everything else is bookkeeping.

Q: "What is Science?"

A: "Science is the process that we use to learn about the world... and destroy
things... oh and you should hear the Von Carmon answer 'science is the process
to learn things that have always been true, and engineering is the process to
create things that have never existed'"
- Steve Banzaert

"Science is a cyclical process of asking questions, gathering data, making theories, and testing those theories, until the scientist either gives up or runs out of funding."

"Or dies."

"Death is a form of giving up."

"cover: cheese"

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because it pleases him, and it pleases him because it is beautiful. Were nature not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, life would not be worth living.” — Henri Poincaré

Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. - Richard Feynman

Club Quotes

"Science is...OH SHIT TOXIC GAS!"---Nathan Whitmore

"So the brain has a lot of things in it." --- Nathan Whitmore

"Don't tell them about the eyeball thing." --- Ethan Ludwin-Peery

Meeting Times and Events

Meeting Times:

Saturdays from 3-4 PM. Come for our weekly science lecture and discussion.

Current Projects

  • EMMA, the Evolutionary Meal Management Algorithm
  • Experiments on how hypnosis affects brain function
  • Mythbusters (testing various myths submitted by the Hampshire community)


No inventory at this time.

Things We Are Not Allowed to Do

  • Not allowed to build machines that fly higher than 30 ft.
  • Cannot use home-made TMS Machines on Students, Staff, or Faculty.
  • No Rockets.
  • Cannot serve students raw meat.
  • Not allowed to build nuclear reactors.
  • Not allowed to aerosolize blood.
  • "Project Hot Pocket"

Mad Science Club does not officially endorse the existence of Demons.

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