“Almost in the beginning was curiosity.”
— Isaac Asimov
Every year, Australia designates a week in August and spends that week actively celebrating and promoting science with events, activities, and general sciency-ness. Everybody has a great time doing hands-on experiments, looking at exhibitions, talking, laughing, viewing, inhaling, tasting science. This is known as the National Science Week, and the 2014 edition has just started here in Sydney.
As a science writer and passionate nerd I would like every week to be science week – after all, we all share the same beautiful, rich, complex natural world, and science is the most excellent method for getting to grips with this world.
Science is what helps us learn facts about everything around us, it’s how we unravel mysteries, how we find wonder in everything – in the stars, under the microscope, in our own bodies and anywhere we look. The messy, uncertain, wonderful process of the scientific method gives us tools to better understand all kinds of stuff. Now that is certainly something to be recognised and celebrated.
I’ve started this blog as a #natsciwk project in order to do a little bit of ‘celebrating science’ every single day for a year, all the way to the next National Science Week in 2015.
Now, if this feels familiar, it’s because my project is indeed not original. Australian science writer Sarah Keenihan started the original 365-day science blog project in 2012, and ran it until the next science week. This is my own attempt to do the same, and Sarah owns all the credit for having such a great idea in the first place.
So, every day, a little story about science – science in history, science in everyday life, science in the news, science in anything, really.