• Question: what made you want to do science ? :D x

    Asked by ilikewhales to Leo, Jo, Mariam, Iain on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by ilikechicikens, mychemicalromance, 07kgunn, abbynliz, letstakeajourney.
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      Leo Garcia answered on 13 Jun 2010:

      Physics was always my favourite subject in school. I read ahead into quantum mechanics and particle physics and was amazed at just how counter-intuitive and bizarre the natural world actually is! Wave-particle duality still bothers me (http://physics.about.com/od/lightoptics/a/waveparticle.htm).

      After my A-levels (I did Maths, Physics and French) I had to make a decision about what I would do at university. I was torn, because I really, really love music, and I wanted to do something like music production. But then I thought – what will I look back on when I retire and be really proud of? As amazing as being the next Dr Dre or Rick Rubin would be (and it WOULD be amazing), if those professions didn’t exist, the world would undoubtedly continue… But without scientists? Without people finding out how the world worked? Well, you could start to list off all the things we wouldn’t have, and, more importantly, all the people who wouldn’t be here… including premature babies like myself!

      So, realising the inherent worth of science and combining that with my love and interest for physics, I went off to university to do.. Physics! I then specialised in using physics to make people better in ‘medical physics’, and then my PhD, then writing this email…!

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      Joanna Watson answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I always liked science at school – especially biology, and I really enjoy learning new things and having a job where I have to do a lot of thinking.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 20 Jun 2010:

      The main thing that drove me to become a scientist was that I enjoyed science a lot. Another strong influence was the thought that by being a scientist I might be able to find out something that would help people, and make a difference in the world.

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      Iain Moal answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      I’ve just always had a burning desire to understand the natural world. Everything from stars to animals to the laws of nature. They’ve just always facinated me, and never fail to inspire and awe.