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#FieldWorkFail Lets Scientists Share Their Hilariously Less-Impressive Moments

by Rafi Schwartz

August 6, 2015
image via twitter // @carriecizauskas

For as much as we lionize science and scientists, we often do so without fully understanding what goes into being a successful researcher. As the beneficiaries of scientific discovery, we’re usually only privy to the product, not the process, and accordingly, we’re inclined to naturally assume that science, and scientists, are as bright and shiny as the discoveries produced. 

Boy are we wrong. 

For the past few days across social media, the #FieldWorkFail hashtag has been giving us a glimpse at the decidedly unglamorous side of science. The micro-stories told within each post are equal parts hilarious, and illuminating. Here we see science not as a sterile practice in which every day contains a “Eureka!” moment. Rather, it is full of recognizably human failures and foibles, each committed in the quest for knowledge. And the scientists themselves? All-too-human, as well. 

For as funny as the #Fails are, they’re also surprisingly heartening. By pulling back the curtain and showing the smaller, less headline-grabbing moments of scientific research, they help the un-scientifically inclined among us understand just what—and who—goes into making progress happen. Science, like any career field, is full of ups and downs.

Fortunately, there are enough scientists out there able to laugh at themselves, and their line of work, that we can all enjoy not only the benefits of scientific discovery, but the process it takes to get there, as well. 

[via twitter // the washinton post]

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#FieldWorkFail Lets Scientists Share Their Hilariously Less-Impressive Moments