What helps a physicist grow? This question and a very good answer appeared in a recent issue of Physic Today. The answer in case you didn't sec it was given by Eaton H. Draper of AVCO. "Top level associates, freedom from routine, and technically sophisticated assignments are all vital. But the one most important factor is a climate which encourages a healthy questioning of the known, as well as the unknown. Given this a scientist or physicist will perform at his peak, and beyond." He needs says Mr. Draper, "An atmosphere of inquiry." It is important that this atmosphere be available to the scientist from the moment that science first interests him. Scientists are sculptured through the secondary school and undergraduate college course. The graduate schools merely add the polish. In the class rooms and laboratories of our under graduate colleges this atmosphere can be created. But what about the time spent outside. "Is there an atmosphere of inquiry?"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1956 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Vaughan, E. M.
"What Helps a Physicist Grow?,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 63(1), 548-552.
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