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75 Reasons to Become a Scientist

American Scientist celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary

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In this classic article first published in 1986, American Scientist's 75th year, 75 scientists offer their reasons for entering their fields. The piece is brought up to date in a 2012 feature, “100 Reasons to Become a Scientist or an Engineer.”

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“The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness.” —Ecclesiastes 2:14

Rudolf Arnheim
Professor Emeritus, Psychology of Art
Harvard University








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