Exploration 1 Being A Scientist Exploring Science

Being A Scientist 8 Copyright 1997, Macro Press

KEEPING A SCIENTIST'S NOTEBOOK

Being a scientist means collecting and recording precise data. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) kept a journal. He drew pictures and described his ideas. As he explored further, he made more notes. He did not erase. He just added new information.

Scientists do not erase. They may put a line through incorrect data and rewrite. Thomas Edison noted that it was important to know what methods did not lead to success. He did not want to repeat them!

Many scientists today use their computers to help them keep notes and drawings. As they modify ideas, the computer still stores the earlier data.

Your SCIENTIST'S NOTEBOOK will be a record, a guide, a way to communicate.

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