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Fields & Applications Professional Development, Chemical, Mass Spectrometry, Technology, Clinical

Ours is to Question Why…

As researchers, we are accustomed to hearing about big personalities, exciting results, and revolutionary discoveries. However, the process by which great scientists unearth their claims to fame seems shrouded in mystery – and it’s outright intimidating to aspiring scientists. One concept, though, appears to link all major breakthroughs: an initial spark of curiosity that, through dedication and perseverance, grows into a fully developed research project. We wanted to discover more about this leap from initial fascination to scientific innovation. Rather than discussing only the methodology and results of their research, we wanted details of the creative journey other scientists have taken to develop a project from conception to fruition. In particular, we wanted to learn about early preconceptions, unexpected developments and, most of all, how excitement about unknown chemistry came to shape the story’s development.

We asked top analytical scientists, who between them have worked across government, academia and industry, to explore the nature – and importance – of curiosity.

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About the Authors

Michelle Nolan

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.


Michelle Reid

Graduate student at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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