• Question: what advice would you give to someone who would want to become a physicist?

    Asked by knit354bat to Philippe on 18 Jun 2019.
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      Philippe Gambron answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Don’t let them scare you! Physics seems daunting and you will come across lots of people who will tell you that are are not bright enough. People are mean and stupid. The truth is that you have to trust your abilities and your resourcefulness to make it. If you work hard, it will work. You should also not be scared by the way science is taught at school. When I was at school, I was really disgusted by science because it was taught as a set of rule you had to study by heart without understanding. If you approach it that way, it’s undoable. But, in reality, science is intuitive. It’s not about studying by heart. When you become comfortable with it, it will feel like playing a game and you will be able to reason and recreate things and, when you reach that stage, it’s really fun.