• Question: When did you become interesting in science?

    Asked by steveni01 to Jim, Amelia, Liz, Prateek, Richard on 18 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by lauren22, ithinkiamthebestindaworld8enit.
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      Jim Caryl answered on 12 Jun 2011:

      If you really mean ‘interesting’, then my friends would probably say that I’ve only become ‘interesting’ in the last five years when I stopped talking about the nitty-gritty aspects of my work (which they didn’t understand) and discovered how to talk about science in a fun and engaging way (which my friends like).

      Mind you, if you meant when did I become ‘interested’ in science, it was probably when I was about 8 years old and I saw a French cartoon series all about the different types of things (cells) that make up your blood, but each of these cells was made into a cartoon character with their own personalities and they all talked to each other. Looking back, it was a brilliant – and pretty clever – cartoon series.

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      Amelia Markey answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Ha like Jim I’m probably not interesting in science either 😉

      I think I’ve always been interested in biology. It’s always the subject that I loved the most and it was always my best subject at school which helps. I’ve only recently become interested in physics because I’ve started to read some popular science books about physics. I always found it boring at school and it wasn’t explained to us very well. I think if you have good teachers or can find people/books that explain things well then you can become interested in just about anything!

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      Richard Badge answered on 18 Jun 2011:

      I became interested in science and particularly biology in school – when I learned about how DNA is the plan, or blueprint for how to make an organism. I was (and still am) a bit mad about building things with lego -the detailed plans that you need to follow to build something complicated that worked (a car or a digger for example) are fascinating to me. The idea that each cell of an organism contains the complete plan for their structure tied up in a tiny bundle of chemicals is still mind-blowing to me, and makes me want to find out how it all works!