Yes, you hear it all the time. The world of physics and engineering is all around us. And yes, it is true.
But it really is everywhere, including on the sides of U-Haul trucks! I was pretty surprised when I saw the U-Haul truck below. It is sort of hard to see but there is actually an equation on the truck. If you look just above the dish you’ll see the Drake Equation.
The Drake Equation is an attempt to quantify the number of communicating civilizations in our galaxy. A nice explanation of the equation with a fun interactive calculator for the Drake Equation from PBS Nova can be found here.
The U-Haul site also has some nice info about the Drake Equation and radio astronomy. I especially like the coloring book they have – coloringbook_uhaul_drake. I like it so much I want to have a coloring contest!
Hank’s Blog Coloring Contest
Submit your colored Drake Equation coloring page to me (mail, email, whatever).
Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2010.
I’ll take submissions from anyone.
I’ll post the best submission on my blog here.
I’ll also send the winner a $10 gift card to Starbucks or some other such place.