• Question: did u always like science

    Asked by The Sleeping Scientist to Joanna, Edoardo, Savannah, Philippe, Lucy, Harrison on 10 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by Cameron, jazz354jam, s.talaga_3_3, Aliceee, nofaceiminthedark, zest354gas, free354bat.
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      Philippe Gambron answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      Yes, I was always interested in it. However, things are more nuanced. First, although I have felt passionate about it from an early age, at school, I did not really like science. Now, I am really happy to be a scientist but, depending on what I do, my job is not always extremely interesting either. However, my passion for certain topics remains intact and I can spend my evenings, weekend ans even nights working on it. I don’t regret at all being a scientist. It’s still what was the most suitable for me. I would just like to have more the opportunity to work on the topics I really like. The advice I would give you is, if you are interested in it, to try not to be put off by adversity, by the fact that it can look daunting, by what people tell you but just go for it because, in the end, once you are familiar with your topic of choice, it becomes fun like playing a game.

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      Harrison Prosper answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      No! Up until the age of 13, I was mostly interested in art. But, once I got interested in science at age 13, I have not looked back! I turned 63 on June 8th, so I’ve been excited about science for half a century!

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      Edoardo Vescovi answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      I’ve been always fascinated by science in general as a child, whether it could mean staring at the world map or reading about dinosaurs. This pastime is both enjoyable and useful to understand that there are many sciences and what is your favourite subject. Growing up, I realised that science could be more part of my life and chose physics as a full-time job. Now science is also a mean of getting paid for what I like doing. At the same time, responsibility and work come with it as part of the package.

      If you consider getting more into science, take your time to discover what you like most and to what degree you would like to commit to it.

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      Savannah Clawson answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      I think I have always liked science but I didn’t always realise it. I think school can sometimes give science a bad name, making you think the only thing science involves is rolling a ball down a slope for days on end (or at least that’s what a lot of my physics lessons were like!). It wasn’t until my A-Levels that I realised that I actually really enjoyed learning science and that it may be something that I would consider as a future career. I started watching a lot of science YouTube videos as well which really made me interested in learning more cool science – I would recommend Veritasium, SciShow, Looking Glass Universe, VSauce and Numberphile for lots of really interesting videos!

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      Joanna Huang answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      Hahaha absolutely not 😀 Biology was my least favourite class in school. But, what I did always like was sci-fi movies about time travel and wormholes and meeting aliens. Bit by bit, as I learnt more physics in school, I realized that what I was learning about was super related to these sci-fi films! For example, when I was 17 I learnt how a black hole was formed, and how it could turn into a worm hold. In university, I used maths to calculate the conditions under which a star would collapse into a black hole. I also learn about the theory of relativity, which is what “theoretically” makes time travel possible. So yeah! I honestly started liking science because movies!

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      Lucy Budge answered on 14 Jun 2019:


      Yes! Apart from biology which I thought wasn’t that interesting, however I’ve since realised that some bits especially are fascinating!

      I also thought physics was quite boring until I started my A levels, but chemistry I have always enjoyed

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