The brains and brawn behind Northern Eclectica is Stevens F. Johnson. He is an almost-retired professor of Physics and Engineering (and Astronomy and Applied Mathematics), and an as yet non-practicing attorney in Intellectual Property. A modern Renaissance Man, he is interested and knowledgeable in many diverse things, always looking for more about which to learn. His thirty-plus years as a professional problem-solver and problem-preventer has given him incentive to apply his experience and perspective to many topics and situations of import today. Hence, Northern Eclectica.
In his own words, “I can be no more a fool in expressing my opinions than any one else is in expressing theirs.” His goal, of course, is to be substantially less of a fool while doing so. The difference is the foresight, the patient analytical reasoning behind his opinions (“If it can’t be said as a differential equation, I’m not interested. Everything can be said as a differential equation.”), and the calm and respectful voice in which they are related. Northern Eclectica is an attempt to codify his march-to-a-different-drummer philosophy and convincingly present it with humor and humility to others who may think differently, all while attempting to keep both of his feet out of his mouth.
Stevens F. Johnson’s favorite philosophers are Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, and H. L. Mencken, his favorite authors are Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, his favorite composers are Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Rutter, his favorite pop artist group is The Beach Boys, and his favorite movies are 2001: A Space Odyssey and Patton. His hobbies and pastimes include cycling, camping, hiking, nature photography, weightlifting, singing, writing, reading, research, and the history of Science and Engineering. A brief autobiography is here. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota.