Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The nature of scientific research: Associate Professor Gunther Andersson 

The SMAF Physics students heard about what scientific research is can be like from Gunther Andersson, who is an Associate Professor in Physics, Chemistry and Nanotechnology.
Gunther talked about the machine that he built as part of his PhD which enabled him to gather data on ion scattering spectroscopy. After spending nine months building the machine, he was actually unable to interpret the data that he collected. It was only through many conversations with other scientists, was he able to draw meaningful conclusions. Gunther compared this with the usual route that students might think that research takes: making an observation and then designing an experiment to test a hypothesis.

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