• Question: Why do scientists have lots of different names

    Asked by hawk361tap to Simon, Selen, Paul, Nawapat, Natalie, Katy on 9 Nov 2019.
    • Photo: Paul Laurance-Young

      Paul Laurance-Young answered on 9 Nov 2019:


      I confess I’m not really following you in this one.. If you mean things like: Biologist, Physicist, Neuroscientist; That relates to the specialist area in which we work – the study of life, the study of the the physical world and the study of the brain for example..

    • Photo: Natalie Fowler

      Natalie Fowler answered on 10 Nov 2019:


      Scientists are usually named after the area they work in otherwise people might get confused. All five of us in this zone could just be called scientists but that wouldn’t tell you much about where we work and what we do!

    • Photo: Katy Bruce

      Katy Bruce answered on 10 Nov 2019:


      Science covers a lot of different areas so it is helpful if Scientists specify their particular area so people have a rough idea of what they study and what they do. It also means that Scientists can feel like they “belong” to a certain group of like-minded people!

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