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Chapter Chapter 6. The Making of a Scientist

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 Q1. How did a book become a turning point in Richard Ebright’s life?

Ans. The book about monarch butter’s fly migration to central America opened the new world of science to the eager young mind. The book asked reader’s helps to study butterfly migrations. Ebright started to tag the butterflies. Thus the book was a turning point in his life because it helped him to study butterflies.

Q2. How did his mother help him?

Ans. Richard Ebright’s mother helped him by encouraging his interest in learning. She took him on trips, bought him telescopes, microscopes, cameras, mounting materials and other equipments, and helped him in many other ways. If he did not have anything to do, she found things for him to learn. Even the book that became a turning point in his life was given to him by his mother. Hence, it can be said his mother played a crucial role in the making of the scientist.

3. What lesson does Ebright learn when he does not win anything at a science fair?
Ans. Edbright realizes that mere display of something does not mean science. To win at a science fair he will have to do real experiments.

4. What experiments and projects does he then undertake?
Ans.He make experiments to find out what causes the viral disease that kills nearly all monarch caterpillars.



He undertakes a project to test the theory that vicerory butterflies copy monarches to survive.

5. What are the qualities that go t into making of a scientist?

Ans. the qualities that go into the making of a scientist are- starting with a first rate mind, adding curious and mixing in the will to win for the right reasons. One should try to do the best  job he could.  


  1. How can one become a scientists, an economist a historian……..? Does it simply involve reading many books on the subjects? Does it involve observing, thinking and doing experiments?

Ans. Science is something which involves experiments, analysis and conclusions. By simply reading we can just get the facts but cannot get to know the reason behind a particular result.

Many diseases which were thought to be incurable in the past have been overcome by means of scientific inventions and discoveries.

Subjects like Economics or history may not be regarded as science in vague terms. But if we go to deep in these subjects, we find that Economics is a science of human behaviour and paradoxes. Either it is observing of human behaviour or historical building. It is the experiments which enables us to form scientific theory.

  1. 2. You must have read about cells and DNA in your science books. Discuss Richard Ebright’s work in the light of whatyou have studied. If you get an opportunity to work like Richard Ebright on projects and experiments, which field would you like to work on and why?
    Ans. Ebrights’ work are directly related to Biology. Discovery of cell’s structure has helped scientific community to understand the way any organism functions and grows. This has helped scientists to discover how disease causing organisms attack us and grow inside our body. This must have given them idea to counter a particular disease . DNA fingerprinting is helping police to pinpoint the real culprit. This was not possible when DNA was discovered. Monarch butterflies present an amazing example of a tiny creature migrating thousands of miles from North America to the rainforest of Amazon. Some day we can be in a position to develop as sturdy and reliable navigation system as that of the Monarch butterflies.





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