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The Sciences

The Project for Non-Academic Science

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollJuly 28, 2009 2:50 AM


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Not all scientists work at universities. (Maybe not even most? I honestly don't know the breakdown.) But people who do work at colleges and universities sometimes talk as if that's all there is, or that becoming a professor is the only logical goal for those pursuing a scientific degree -- not necessarily from snootiness or elitism, but just because that's what they know. So it's great that Chad Orzel has done a series of short interviews with scientists outside academia, and is gradually blogging the results. It's a nice little bit of informal sociology of the field, and a useful resource for anyone who might be contemplating such a career path themselves. Chad, as you probably know, has also written a book that will be coming out later this year. And he's supposed to be doing scientific research, and keeps up an active blog! How is that possible?

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