2015/12/16

RESEARCHER CURIOSITY, AN ESSENTIAL IMPUSLE FOR MOVING BEYOND ESTABLISHED KNOWLEDGE

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Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials and a distinguished researcher in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, spoke to a group of scientists from Tecnun and Ceit about the challenges facing researchers in the 21st century. He highlighted the role of curiosity as an essential driving force in discovering knowledge that breaks past established barriers. He illustrated this by describing examples of experimental results in quantum electronics (mono-molecular devices), which has allowed researchers to break down scientific paradigms that were previously thought of as settled.

Professor Briggs, member of the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, which currently has over 300 members, presented his book The Penultimate Curiosity, which he co-authored with artist Roger Wagner.