The Whens and Wheres of a Scientific Life
Big questions and issues arise about the role of the scientific life in our society and in our world. These have to do with trusting science at all, or with the wider roles of the scientist. The Whens and Wheres of a Scientific Life serves as an epilogue to author John R. Helliwell’s scientific life trilogy of books on the Hows (i.e. skills), the Whys and the Whats of a scientific life. When and where questions play a big role in major science facility decisions. When and where also play a big role in controlling a pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. The consequences of such work and the role science plays in society are discussed in this book.
- Discusses when and where we can make new and better things happen and make new discoveries. Explains whens and wheres as examples in basic science and explaining these to the public
- User friendly and concise, this text provides a wide range of examples of science and discovery
- The author has diverse experience in career development, teaching and research
- The importance of open data to the reproducibility of science are described
About the Author
Part 1 The development of my scientific life
Chapter 1 When and where I embraced the scientific life
Chapter 2 When did I become a crystallographer?
Chapter 3 When did I begin to serve the international community of science?
Chapter 4 Where did my scientific career lead me?
Chapter 5 When did I become a writer of popular science books?
Chapter 6 When did I become passionate about World Peace?
Part 2 Where to look for your inspiration? Select your role models; here are my role models in science
Chapter 7 When I was at the Physics Department at York University, UK; My memories of Professor Michael Woolfson FRS
Chapter 8 When a researcher; my collaborations with Professor Durward Cruickshank FRS
Chapter 9 When I discovered the efforts for peace by esteemed crystallographer Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS
Chapter 10 When and where I met a giant of Indian science; Professor M. Vijayan, who became President of the Indian National Science Academy
Part 3 Career development
Chapter 11 When should I look to my employer to facilitate career development?
Chapter 12 Where do you want to get to? Career road maps
Part 4 Specific examples across the disciplines of science: the when and where in basic science
Chapter 13 When but not where or where but not when? The non-classical world of quantum physics for the electron and what it means for chemistry
Chapter 14 When again and where again? Frequency and repetition in physics and mathematics
Chapter 15 When and where to invest in a new megaproject? The proposed UK X-ray laser
Chapter 16 When to move fast yet take care: Contributing to the understanding of coronavirus, covid-19 in 2020
Part 5 Where to recruit new enthusiasts? Science outreach examples
Chapter 17 When and where are broader impacts of science on society
Chapter 18 When I lectured at the British Association Festival of Science held at the University of Liverpool in September 2008
Chapter 19 When I presented a Discourse at The Royal Institution
Part 6 Big Issues for Scientists and for Members of the Public and Schoolchildren
Chapter 20 Where to place one’s trust?
Chapter 21 Where are the primary experimental data? Ensuring reproducibility in science
Chapter 22 When to cross the boundaries of different academic disciplines?
Part 7 The role of scientists themselves, the funding agencies and government in determining the future in research and development; a very important when and where
Chapter 23 Where are the scientists heading?
Chapter 24 Where do funding agencies and government want to take us?