Scientists are … unkempt, ageing and boring?

Posted in Life on April 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Long before the word ‘scientist’ was coined, the scientist was often the subject of caricature. In Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver visited the Academy of Lagado (thought to be a lampooning of the Royal Society). There he found the academicians to be unkempt and distracted …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Irish Times, 10 April]


Mad professors revisited: Evaluating children’s perceptions of academics, teachers and the world of science

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“We much enjoyed Melissa Terras’ blog describing the stereotypical portrayal of academics in children’s books and comics. Melissa suggested that presenting scientists as white, male, crackpots could lead children to believe that such stereotypes were real …” (more)

[Martin Rowley and James Hartley, Impact of Social Sciences, 15 August]

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Time to Eradicate the Academic Jerk?

Posted in Life on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“There have been several articles/blogposts recently pointing out that scientists are just like everyone else. For instance, they have emotions (see this Observer article from last week detailing the ups and downs of research life); and they get stressed …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 20 February]

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Some Notes on Fringe’s Scientists … ‘Mad’ and ‘Bad’ Alike

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“If I’ve been quiet lately it’s because I’ve been writing a book chapter on the topic of ‘The Scientist as Villain, the Scientist as Hero’ for a forthcoming volume …” (more)

[Val Nolan, illusory promise, 8 January]


Who says scientists aren’t creative?

Posted in Life on February 18th, 2012 by steve

“One of the things that people tends to think about scientists is that we are all machine-like robots who are technically advanced, but without an ounce (or gram) of creativeness. I’m planning in this brief blog to dispel this criticism with a few choice counterpoints …” (more)

[No Comment, 17 February]

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A law of motion: scientists follow the money

Posted in Life on July 30th, 2009 by steve

UK“The world’s leading scientists are increasingly mobile but those who migrate are not necessarily more productive than their stay-at-home colleagues. Research led by Andrew Oswald, professor of economics at the University of Warwick, says that nearly half the world’s most-cited physicists work outside the country of their birth, with the majority migrating to the US early in their career …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 30 July]

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