Topics: Stem cell, Frankenstein, Science Pages: 3 (1041 words) Published: July 14, 2014
What do you think when you hear the word “scientist?” If you think of Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” or a man wearing a lab coat or glasses, having bushy hair, holding instruments of knowledge like clipboards and calculators, relevant captions like “eureka!,” etc. you wouldn’t be alone. Pop culture and Hollywood has painted this image of scientists and it has been widely accepted for years without question. Of course, as we have grown up, we all know that isn’t true; so what is a scientist? What do they look like and what is it they do? When I hear the word “scientist,” first and foremost I think of a man, there are women scientists but for many years white men dominated this occupation. Two of the most common characteristics of scientists are curiosity and patience ( Scientists are curious about the world around them, and they yearn to learn what makes everything work. Their inquisitiveness keeps them going ahead to the next project and the next experiment. Perseverance, self-confidence and a never say die attitude are a few more qualities that scientists have in common. One scientist that comes to mind is Dr. Stephen Hawking, the astronomer who has achieved so much and enlightened the world with his knowledge of the universe; fictionally, I think of Dr. Bruce Banner, the scientist that was exposed to gamma radiation and when angered morphs into the Incredible Hulk. My vision of what a scientist looks like has changed dramatically. As a child, I was an avid comic book reader and my favorite was The Amazing Spiderman. He had an enemy he fought all the time named “Dr. Octopus,” a brilliant scientist who created these octopus-like arms that were grafted to his body. I always thought that scientists like him were hell bent on ruling the world or destroying it because they were driven insane through their research and by conducting dangerous experiments from the theories they believed they could prove. As I grew older, I...
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