Originally Posted by

**Tamske**
EQUATIONS?!? Please don't. Science isn't about equations, just like literature isn't about spelling. You need to have some mathematical insight, but that can be learnt, just as spelling can be learnt.

I've met lots of people who tell me "whoa, you're scientist? I've never understood that." And further in the conversation they ask me how soap works, and I tell them, and they wonder why they never liked science in school. "That's easy, if the teacher at school explained it like that...!"

There are two problems with "science at school". One is the way it's taught and especially, how it's tested. The teacher can explain everything, but if the tests are all about the equations, the students will study the equations and remember science as being all about equations. The other is that, in this occasion, the "student" asked a specific question he's interested in, it's always more fun to get an answer on something you already wondered than to be flooded with knowledge you never asked for.

The second isn't a problem at all for you. After all, you want to be a scientist.

The first... well, you'll need the math, of course. But the math will become easy and even fun as soon as the scientific insight is there. I promise.

Let me try a few science questions. You don't need to get them "right" at first sight, just see if they tickle you.

(1) You've got two balls, equal diameter, one made of wood and the other of iron. Both are painted with the same paint. You let them fall. Which one will land first?

(2) You glue the balls of question (1) together. How fast will the combined ball fall, compared to the separate ones?

(3) You've got two identical light bulbs. Firstly, you connect one of them to a battery. Then you add the second in series. Will the first lamp burn brighter, less bright, or equally bright after you added the second bulb?

If science interests you, please don't hesitate. Try. Don't let the maths scare you. If you can grasp concepts like force and velocity, the mathematical concept of vectors will suddenly be easy. Heck, even the relativity equations are... just equations. You can look them up if you need them. Relativity isn't about E = mc^2, to take the best known (and easiest) equation of relativity, but about inertia (the property of resisting against change) and energy (the property of being able to cause change) being one and the same. See the difference?

Never mind type. I can't name a well-known INFP scientist (though I suspect some of my former colleagues), but why would that stop you? If there aren't INFP scientists yet, there should be!

Last but not least: if you started to do experiments in order to answer my questions, you don't have to become a scientist. Then you are one already.