Since Sunday, scientists have been tweeting science's praises under the hashtag #IAmAScientistBecause. Biologists, physicists, geologists, and others proclaimed why they love the work they do and what events inspired them to become scientists. They shared their insatiable curiosity, their love of solving puzzles, and their awe for the natural world. They highlighted the exciting places they get to go and the neat tools they get to use. We round up a few of our favorites below.
— Alistair J R White (@DrAlistairWhite) April 7, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause there are moments when I learn something in the lab and think, I'm the only human that knows this right now
— Brian D. Ackley (@DrWorms) April 5, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause my honest answer to "what would you want to do all day if you didn't need money" is "what I actually am doing"
— David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) April 6, 2015
— Tom Rooney (@ProfRooney) April 6, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause I don't mind being confused most of the time.
— John Preskill (@preskill) April 7, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause I'd make a *terrible* opera singer.
— Dr Paul Coxon (@paulcoxon) April 5, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause when you are constantly questioning, you are constantly learning. It is a profession where you grow daily.
— Debbie Mitchell (@heydebigale) April 5, 2015
— Agnethe Seim Olsen (@theSeimParticle) April 7, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause there aren't many careers where "insatiable curiosity" is a pro not a con
— Melissa Clouse (@MelissaClouse2) April 6, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause regular jobs are so boring.
— Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) April 5, 2015
— Jordan E. Rutter (@JERutter) April 5, 2015
#IAmAScientistBecause Science turns "I don't know" into "I don't know... yet" and you won't find anything more empowering than that.
— Chad Orzel (@orzelc) April 5, 2015
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