• Question: what age did you start to really enjoy science?

    Asked by the Doctor to Alice, Bose, Christian, Emma, Steve on 5 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by Lilyan, 285grte34.
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      Emma Dean answered on 5 Mar 2016:

      I started to enjoy science in year 9. I think it was because this was the first time science lessons were split up into their individual subjects- biology, chemistry and physics. I quickly found chemistry and physics were my favourite subjects. When I was in year 10, we were learning about the expanding universe. At that time we had just discovered that the universe was accelerating as it expands. I found this totally fascinating! It was at that moment I knew I wanted to become a physicist 🙂

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      Steve Marsden answered on 5 Mar 2016:

      I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy it to some extent. My dad has a similar passion for science, though isn’t himself a scientist, and I think his passion wore off on me.

      I would definitely say the amount I enjoyed it shot up when I went to university. Part of this was because the complexity of the practicals increased significantly, to the point where you could start to measure fundamental values like the speed of light, or the mass of an electron.

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      Alice Harpole answered on 6 Mar 2016:

      Like Steve, I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t enjoy science! I spent a lot of my childhood reading popular science books, which got me interested in topics like particle physics and cosmology which were only covered very briefly in my school science lessons.

      I feel like the more science I learn, the more fascinating it becomes!

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      Benjamin Bose answered on 6 Mar 2016:

      Hmmm I think it’d have to be the first time I saw a documentary on black holes which was probably when I was around 14-15, possibly a bit earlier. Or maybe when I did a small course at 6th form on quantum mechanics.

      In short, when I realized how strange the physical universe could actually be! That would be when I actually took a deep interest in science, and started to appreciate it as a whole a whole lot more 🙂

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      Christian Killow answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      Science is really just trying to understand the world around you – as a little boy I would regularly take things to pieces and (try to) put them back together again. So I think I’ve always enjoyed it!