• Question: If someone asks you what you do, and you tell them that you are a scientist, do they ever go wow?

    Asked by emmamcmullan to Angela, Gabriele, Karen, Maria, Shane on 11 Nov 2013.
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      Karen McCarthy answered on 11 Nov 2013:

      Hahaha sometimes that happens alright! I think there is still an idea that to be a scientist, you must be a total brainbox, which isn’t true, so people tend to think that you must be super smart! But overall I think people think it’s just a really interesting job to have.

    • Photo: Shane Mc Guinness

      Shane Mc Guinness answered on 11 Nov 2013:

      Sometimes! All science is cool, but sometimes it’s hard to explain what you do. My science is pretty easy to explain so that helps! I think everyone has seen a gorilla on the tv before and people know what volcanoes look like! I think people like the fact that we do something so we’re so interested in, not just to make money or become famous

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      Angela Stevenson answered on 11 Nov 2013:

      haha, sometimes! and sometimes they show genuine interest by asking even more questions about my research, which is always nice 🙂

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      Gabriele De Chiara answered on 11 Nov 2013:

      Well, sometimes yes, when I say I do research in quantum theory, study quantum computers and quantum teleportation. However I find it very difficult to explain what I do, because the maths involved can be quite tricky!