The storytellers urge to become a scientist

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At one point in life, I wanted to become a scientist. Was I a math wiz? Not even close. Anything math was close to oblivion in my mind due to a marvellous lack of interest in understanding the subject, still – I was frustrated that I couldn’t become one. Without schooling in natural sciences, why did I still pursue the thought of becoming one?

Couple of decades later I realised the urge within me. It had nothing to do with being a scientist in my case but more to the point of being in wonder.

It is not how it works that triggers the scientist in me. It is the question that leads to how something works that fascinated me. Questions like

  • I wonder if it’s possible to …
  • What would it be like if…
  • If this is possible here, how would it work if it was used there…

To relax, I often watch documentaries or tv-shows about science. Mostly in the quantum physics field of study. Here is an excerpt from a most eloquent description by Richard Webb at the New Scientist.

What is quantum physics? Put simply, it’s the physics that explains how everything works: the best description we have of the nature of the particles that make up matter and the forces with which they interact. Quantum physics underlies how atoms work, and so why chemistry and biology work as they do. You, me and the gatepost – at some level at least, we’re all dancing to the quantum tune.

Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/term/quantum-physics/#ixzz6VfRK5a2s

Here is the link to movies and series with the quantum physics topics. Some of them I will talk more on at a later date, but for now, check out the list and see if you find any of your own favourites.

Here’s the thing. Storytelling gets things moving. Science wouldn’t be anywhere near what it is today if it wasn’t for the ways of the imagination, which when you really look at it, is the main ingredient for science.

Science will always be fun and exciting for me and I’ve found how I can contribute, by sharing the stories, the wonders and the collaborations that makes our world so fascinating.

PS Since yesterday I have had quite the conundrum to solve. You see, I try to keep these posts down to a 10-minute podcast, maximum, and as I googled the topic of science and storytelling I found myself giddy with information. The time limit would have to speak in general and I would have none of that. The only thing to do was to turn this into a weekly topic. Problem solved! So, every Thursday you will find a story on Medium.com and an episode on my podcast on science and storytelling! Are you as excited as I am?

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