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75 Reasons to Become a Scientist

American Scientist celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary

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It all began with utter, indeed addictive, fascination with other forms of life. That led me through concern about what humanity is doing to the biology of the planet, to consideration of ecosystems and global cycles. That in turn has led to very practical concerns about how people should relate to nature. Yet the original fascination with jewel-like bits of natural science is always there.

Thomas E. Lovejoy
Assistant Secretary, External Affairs
Smithsonian Institution




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