There is this stereotype that scientists are well, nerdy.
Not geeky or dweeby. Nerdy. For the confused, there is a Venn diagram.
Your ideas on what is what may vary. Most definitions of ‘geeky’ I’ve seen on the WWW are more positive with the ’obsession’ angle, describing it as people that are into new things, curious, pushing the boundaries. I like that.
What are scientists like in their own time?
Movies usually have us as being nerdy there too.
Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists series pops the lid on scientists’s lives, featuring a cast of scientists in both their work and non-work lives.
If you search YouTube for ’the secret life of scientists’ you’ll see that they have posted many short ~2 minute ‘10 questions’ interviews of scientists presented on the series there.
There’s virologist and beauty pageant queen, Erika Ebbel:
A leech researcher and foodie (’The Leech man’, Mark Siddall):
NASA space suit ’designer’ and off-shore sailor, Dava Newman:
What do scientists I know do in their own time?
Active things: mountaineering, tramping (hiking), sailing, running, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, riding motorbikes, you name it.
Closer to home: gardening, woodwork, DIY, the usual in other words.
Sedentary: reading, scrabble, games, blogging (!), novelist, non-fiction writing, movies…
Then there’s being parents. Somehow the movies often over look that one.
The Secret Lives of Scientists also has a Facebook page.
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