“There will be times when you’ll think you can’t do this… but you can. Just work hard and have fun.”
Ben describes his realization that his love of problem-solving in math class could have an application in chemistry research. He urges anyone intimidated by science to give it another shot because it can be a lot of fun.
First, I’m inspired by the question, “Will this work or not?” which is often followed by, “Why did that just happen? Can I make it do something else? Can I make it do something useful?”
On a broader scale, I’m motivated by the current problems facing scientists and engineers relating to energy and computing like, “How can we make this device more efficient or faster?” I think that research has given us incredible power to do things that are beyond our means. The idea that maybe I can add to that toolset is pretty amazing.
Finally, I’m inspired by the desire to spread knowledge. I like knowing stuff, but it’s really awesome that I can tell people about the stuff I know. So the more stuff that I can know and talk about, the better.
Both. I played the trumpet and the piano briefly, learned three different forms of martial arts, and dabbled in playing basketball for a while.
If I could learn to do anything, it would be to breakdance. Or I would learn how to mix songs and become a DJ.
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