The Whys of a Scientific Life

1st Edition

John R. Helliwell

CRC Press
Published October 11, 2018
Reference - 120 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138389793 - CAT# K399493
Series: Global Science Education

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The first in the Focus Series on Global Science Education, The Whys of a Scientific Life examines why scientists do what they do. Working from a diverse background in scientific research, including academic departments of physics and chemistry, as well as the scientific civil service, the author describes the choices scientists make. Fundamentally, a scientist asks questions based on curiosity. In addition, the environment is very important. By influencing their elected governments, society itself shapes the scientific research that is undertaken by scientists. This book follows on naturally from the author’s last book, Skills for a Scientific Life, which is a how-to guide for scientists and those that aspire to engage in science as a career.

Key Features:

  • User friendly and concise, this text dissects the whys of science and discovery
  • The author has outstanding experience in mentoring science students and staff, and also in outreach activities for the public and students of all ages including schools
  • The final chapter emphasises the joys of the scientist in research