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Science can be more fun than fun.

Gadagkar, R (2020) Science can be more fun than fun. In: i wonder... Rediscovering School Science, 5 (Octobe). pp. 83-84.

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Work is more fun than fun. — Sir Noël Peirce, Coward, playwright, composer, director, actor and singer (1899-1973). The supreme accomplishment is to blur / the line between work and play. — Arnold J. Toynbee, historian (1889-1975). Why is science not always perceived as fun and play? Surely, it ought to be. Part of the problem, I believe, is that we think of science too narrowly. What is science, what is the scientific method, who should practice science, when, and for what purpose? We tend to answer all these questions very narrowly and very conservatively. We think of science as complicated and difficult to pursue, to communicate, to teach and, therefore, to learn. This is a great shame, and needs to change. I am endeavouring to make a small contribution toward such a change by writing a regular column for the online portal The Wire Science. As a first step, I have called my column 'More Fun Than Fun'. My articles are being translated into Kannada by Shri Kollegala Sharma. The Kannada text is published in The Wire Science, and is being narrated by Dr. J. R. Manjunatha in the daily Kannada science podcast “Janasuddi”. It is my hope to inspire students and teachers to change our perception of science.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: i wonder... Rediscovering School Science
Publisher: Azim Premji University
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 06:38
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 06:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67565

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