Steven Ball

Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Steven Ball, Associate Professor of Physics

Education:   

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Ph.D. University of Kansas, 1989, High Energy Physics    Dissertation: B Meson Decays to Dπ and Dππ

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B.S. Baker University, 1984, Mathematics and Physics

Background:

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Born in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1962

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Married to Kim Ball since 1992

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We have two sons, Alexander (1993) and Darby (1995)

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postdoctoral positions with Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics, 1989-91 and University of Kansas, 1991-93

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taught at Bethel College, Indiana, 1993-2001

Interests:

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Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos Theory

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Astronomy

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Science - Faith Integration

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Sports in general, specifically basketball (played 4 years at Baker U.)

Recent Books Read:

bullet"Failure is not an Option" by Gene Kranz, former NASA Flight Director:    excellent account of the drama and risk of the space race during the Cold War, particularly of the ill-fated Apollo 13 spaceflight
bullet"Moon Shot" by Alan Shephard & Deke Slayton, NASA Astronauts:    good follow-up to above account, especially to study the perspective of the astronauts themselves
bullet"Texas: an illustrated history" by David G. McComb:    Not for light reading, but very interesting!  In case you are fascinated by the Alamo, San Jacinto, and the Republic of Texas you need to read this one.  I'm proud to be a Texan!
bullet"War Party" by Louis L'Amour:    Alright, we all need some light reading.  No one beats L'Amour for good old-fashioned western short stories.  I found "The Gift of Cochise" especially enjoyable.