John Henshaw

Co-host, Science Matters

Words? Or equations? John Henshaw loves ‘em both! He’s an engineer, professor, and writer – but not necessarily in that order. A TU professor since 1990, he currently serves as Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering. Stints in the petroleum and nuclear power industries honed his technical chops before he succumbed to the siren call of academe.

An expert on metals and plastics and on the engineering design process, he amuses himself by writing books on technical subjects – but for a general audience. John and boyhood buddy Jerry McCoy have been ruminating on all things scientific for longer than either of them can remember. Science Matters is their latest crazy scheme.

A bicycle commuter and avid tennis player, John and wife Mia stay busy keeping up with the doings of three lovely daughters and one granddaughter.

Ways to Connect

Structural Color

Mar 15, 2013

You thought you learned everything you needed to know about color when mucking around with tempera paints in kindergarden. Not so. Nature has clever ways of revealing colors that we never imagined.


Mar 13, 2013

In the Darwinian struggle for survival, why do some species age so much more quickly than others? Jerry and John slowly come to a quick conclusion. In dog years.

Golden Rectangle

Mar 11, 2013

Some rectangles are really golden and we cherish them enough to carry them in our pockets or purse. But what did Pythagoras and his cronies have to do with this discovery? Let's dive in and explore on this edition of Science Matters.

Henry Mosely

Mar 9, 2013

He should have won a Nobel prize at the tender age of 26 when he introduced amazing physics insights to what exclusively had been a chemistry problem. But World War I intervened.

These days, you aren't required to actually build a model any invention that you're wanting to file at the U.S. Patent Office except for one thing: a perpetual motion machine. And for good reason, it seems.

Albert Einstein's path to the Nobel prize was anything but smooth. He was nominated eleven different years for the prize and finally didn't win what you think that he did.