I am not a scientist, but a humble engineer with a hobby of science. My lifelong fascination with natural science started as a young child, picking things up and looking at them. The often exquisite beauty, symmetry and curiosity of these things gave me then – and still gives me now, aged 65 – enormous aesthetic pleasure.
Later, I found a similar aesthetic pleasure in learning mathematics, although perhaps I was always too lazy to dive deeply into this area and become a specialist. I found that by applying a blend of mathematical application and common sense, I could be a passable engineer and make a living – using the scientific method to invent simple ways of solving ‘difficult’ problems, for my often less scientifically inclined colleagues and clients.
At the root of all this, science and the scientific method has provided me with a lifetime of aesthetic pleasure. It has been most inspiring, if not always highly profitable.