Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.


I expected a lot of things, but not the importance of imagination on interpretation.

Today was the final exam of the discipline I lecture on Heat Transfer. There are no recipes, even with methods which we can deliberately practice. In any heat transfer problem, interpretation is key, but without imagination, the former doesn’t work.

Everyone is fascinated by the great minds of our time like Einstein, Hawking, Turing, and so many others. But they were more than bright and intelligent, they had a resourceful imagination. And their imagination was the fuel for interpretation.

Once imagination, interpretation, attention, curiosity, resilience, humility and vulnerability are embraced by a new learning culture, we’ll go far and beyond our wildest dreams. We’ll achieve great things and humanity will evolve and thrive.

Meanwhile, all I (we) can do is our part and contribute to work and improve our imagination.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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