Monday, April 20, 2015
Anecdotes from grad school and beyond
I've been thinking about what a more general audience likes to read in terms of science writing beyond descriptions of cool science. Interesting personalities definitely have appeal. Sure, he was a Nobel Laureate, but my guess is that much of Feyman's popularity originates from the fact that he really was a "curious character" and a great story-teller. I'm not remotely in the same league, but in my scientific career, going back to grad school, I've been ridiculously fortunate to have had the chance to meet and interact with many interesting people. Some of the stories might give a better slice-of-life feel for graduate science education and a scientific career than you'd get from The Big Bang Theory. I'm going to start trying to write up some of these anecdotes - my apologies to friends who have heard some of these before....
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 9:00 AM