The un-stereotype

Leonardo da Vinci: scientist, painter, writer,
inventor and engineer,  architect, sculpter,  cartographer, 

This year InterestEng. begins a project working with students to un-stereotype stereotypes. Being aware of them, and then correcting them, shows students how subtly they work (always having some truth in them) and how easily they can be unmasked. Here our wonderful Andrei (our very own scientist-in-the-making) takes a look at the classic stereotype of scientists. 


EVERYONE who studies science wears glasses, and is always boring, serious and sleepy looking. People who study science don’t have a sense of humor and are anti-social. People who study science are sloppy looking because they don’t care how they look. They only care about microbes.  


PEOPLE who study science may wear glasses but it is NOT because they study science.  Studying science can’t affect your eyesight. They are not sad people, they are just focused. They are sleepy because they study all night and are just working hard.  People who study science actually have a higher-than-average sense of humor, but it’s not funny to other people because they don’t understand it. For example, here’s a joke one of my professors told us. (We thought it was very funny.)           
     Once a famous horse-breeding farm wanted to make the perfect horse for running fast. They asked a biologist, physicist and mathematician to come up with a solution.  In just 2 weeks the biologist came back with his answer.  In 3 weeks the mathematician came with his answer.  But only after 3 months did the physicist come to them with a piece of paper in his hand.  The horse breeder looked at it and said, “What’s this?!”  It was a picture of a spherical horse in a vacuum.  (Did you laugh?  It’s not because it isn’t funny. You just don’t understand how physicists think.)  

    Scientists are too busy to be social but that does not mean they don’t want to be.  And everyone, even scientists, love to look good. But if you have the choice to look good or learn more, a scientist will choose learning more!   —Andrei

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