He Is Testing A Potion (Scientifically, With Rats)
When Googling "Great Scientific Debates", I accidentally found some childrens' visions of science, and liked them so much I had to share. This one in particular. That's my life in 17 words.
On the subject of science stereotypes, here is a true story. One day I was on my way to a meeting in London about Functional Genomics (I still don't know what it means). My train was, as usual, late. I was, as usual, disorganised, and had, as usual, forgotten an important bit of paper, this time the one with directions to the meeting on it. I remembered only which Tube stop to get off at.
Outside the station, I saw a man hurrying along the street and I knew he was a scientist. He was wearing corduroys and carrying a laptop, but had he been wearing chef's whites and carrying an egg whisk I'd have known he was a scientist dressed as a cook. So I guessed he was heading for the same place, and started following him. Fifteen minutes later we were at a conference centre.
"Is this the bird ecology workshop?" he asked the woman at the reception desk.
"No," she replied. "This is the functional genomics meeting."
"Bugger," he said, "I'm at the wrong conference."