• Question: Which science do you prefer and why? Physics, Chemistry or Biology?

    Asked by cai192546 to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 20 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by stuartmat, tonje, eviej26, eis7, embmay, 09barnesc, eb99.
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      Sara Imari Walker answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Hello cai! Lol, I love this question. When I was in school I went through loving biology most, to loving chemistry, to loving physics. And it is because I studied them in that order. There are great things about biology and chemistry, but what I realized when I took physics was that I really liked driving at the most fundamental understanding of nature we can achieve. This is what physics aims to accomplish. Physicists try to look at the world around them and figure out HOW it works at a fundamental level. To me that is fascinating!!

      That being said, I went through 9 years of advanced education in physics only to spend my days studying a problem that is historically considered to fall at the intersection of chemistry and biology – the origin of life. However, because my background is really different than most people in my area of research I have a very different perspective on the problem – motivated by my training in physics. So I get to use all the cool things I like about physics and now apply them to a very fundamental question at the crossroads of chemistry and biology. Science will take you all sorts of neat and unexpected places!!

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      Kimberley Bryon answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Biology is my favourite but I love Biochemistry which is the chemistry of how the body works. Chemistry is really good fun as the experiments give you things that you can see like crystals or changes in colour. I liked all the sciences at school but found physics a bit harder so I liked it less.

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      Amy MacQueen answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      All science is important but Biology has always been my favourite because it is the science of life. It applies concepts to the living things in the world around us and allows us to test things out tangibly in living systems…rather than more abstract conceptual stuff. Oh and it doesn’t use things like “curly arrows”!! 🙂 But really the important thing is the intersection of the sciences – and overlap with philosophy, the humanities etc. If we take a certain subject in isolation we really are not using it to its full potential!! What is interesting to look at is how what you find out in one “subject” relates to things in another and how other people’s expertise can help you understand the problem in your subject much better!

      I mean subject classifications are labels we have put on certain things to make it easier to classify and distinguish them but life involves them all!! 🙂

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      Julia Griffen answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Chemistry I love chemistry i do it on a day to day basis.. you can make molecules using chemistry..Make medicines and materials and fuels and products all around us!

      But i really appriciate and love the other two, I have such admiration for the other scientists here cus they are really good at thier topics and know so much. and fin what they;re saying really interesting.

      I found chemistry easier for me to learn at school so followed it through..Its very logical has patterns and predictable behaviour.

      Whats your favourite?

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      Drew Rae answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Cai, I didn’t study biology at school or university. Physics is my favorite, mainly because I enjoy forces and energy more than physical things as objects of study.