We all remember those feelings as kids that the days would last forever. Particularly when sitting through boring classes at school – or even enjoying endless, lazy days on the beach. As we age, however, time apparently starts to rush by, and years suddenly feel about as long as some months. So why is it that time seems to go faster as we get older?
Well, one man who thinks that he has the answer to this question is Professor Adrian Bejan. He is Duke University’s J. A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and specializes in thermodynamics, building what he has dubbed “constructal law.” This is a theory about how networks form in nature.
Bejan has actually had quite a varied career, too. A native of Romania, the professor showed enough artistic ability as a child that his mom and dad initially sent him to art school. And on top of that, Bejan is a talented basketball player who even got picked to represent the national team. But it seems that science is his greatest love, as he moved to the U.S. at 19 years of age to study on a scholarship.