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Bonzai's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by Bonzai

Hollywood as a rule doesn't present the reality of science (and actually everything else for that matter)

Real science is not always glamourous, it often consists on many hours of boring, painstaking work that may or may not lead to any breakthrough.

Astronomy is not just gazing at the stars in awe, at the time of specialization a Ph.D. student in astronomy may spend all his time in a windowless lab in the basement looking at computer outputs from spectral analysis or analysing signals from radio telescopes.

I once talked to a young woman who got a postgraduate degree in archeology, she thought she would be going on adventures in far away places maybe a bit like Indie Jones, but in the end she was working in a musuem and spent all her work hours staring at rock samples and dating them.

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:04:00 UTC | #413029