Friday, 22 June 2012

My Introductory In To Science And Where it Will Take Me

    Hello there and welcome to my blog. My name is Amritpal Mundra and I have recently completed my AS level courses for Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. I live in an average sized family home with my mother, father and brother who is 17 years younger than me. My father and I always had a strong bond and being the bearer of a degree in astronomy, a degree in biophysics and a masters in mathematics, my father would always refer the world around us to science and through him I gained much scientific knowledge and understanding.
    In my early years (thanks to my dad) I was one of the lucky few to have a stash of personal computers in my home in the less technology developed ages. It was what took up most of my time as I surfed the net and played games, however I also had one other use of the computer, and that was education. I must have been at the age of around 7-8 years old when my dad brought home a CD-ROM which was made by DK books. It was an interactive scientific encyclopaedia which was laid out in a world a bit like today’s Google street view online. In this interactive world you are placed on a typical New York street and you can click on different arrows to progress to different landscapes and environments around the world and even fly into space and inside the human body. Everything around this 3-D environment was interactive for example in space you can click on the sun and it will explain to you the important roles that the sun plays in our lives. As far as science goes, this was my first memory of it, which formed part of my basic knowledge of the sciences.
    As I grew up with scientific views of everything around me I have always been influenced by my father and the rest of my family and most importantly my own interests to study the sciences. Science has proved to be great as it has provided deep understanding in to previously unknown areas, such as Charles Darwin's theory of evolution which I strongly believe in despite religious opposition.
    In terms of where I wish to go with science in the future, I am interestted in doing an MEng in Automotive engineering which heavily involves Physics and Mathematics as it mainly covers the topic of mechanics. Ever since I was young I have always been interested in cars, science and art, which is why I wish to do automotive engineering as it is a perfect combination of all these things. I will have to sketch out designs that are suitable for modern day life and will need physics to understand the mechanics as well as an exceptional knowledge of cars, and if I find that I don't possess these skills at a satisfactory level then I am willing to learn further to accompish my goal. As Michael Jordan once said 'I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed'. It is this mentality that makes me want to do science no matter where life takes me and why I wouldn't do anything that doesn't have science as its foundations.

Thanks for reading and stick around for future blog posts...

9 comments:

  1. This was an excellent first post - well done! You have a very mature writing style, and it was interesting reading about your own upbringing. Although there's about 15 years between us, I had a very similar relationship with my own father, who made sure I had access to a computer in the even less technology developed ages (early 1980s!). I think our relationships with our parents are some of the most important influences on our interests in later life, and I'm very glad you have parents who have encouraged your inquiring nature.

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    1. Thank you very much for your praise and I completely agree with parental relationships being of the utmost importance to our lives. By the way I plan to put up my next post sometime on Tuesday so please check back for more of my posts. Also I hope you don't mind me asking but did Julia Anderson refer you to this blog?

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    2. Amrit, this IS Julia Anderson!

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  2. Hi Amrit!

    I enjoyed reading your post and learn about how you got interested in science. I agree with Julia, you are a very talented writer.

    If you could design the perfect car of the future, how would it look like? Maybe a topic for another blog post? I will definitely come back to read more!

    Keep blogging!
    Anne

    (My blog: http://www.plantcellbiology.com)

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    1. Thank you very much for the compliment.

      With regards to the car of the future I would most likely base it on a Hydrogen powered engine as electricity is in many ways inefficient (did you know that that Toyota Prius does about as much damage to our planet as a small land rover because of the resources required to generate electricity, produce such complex and precise machinery and the chemicals used in the battery and all sorts of other contributing factors). At the moment Hydrogen is not very sustainable but it has the potential to be if harnessed in the right way. In terms of how it looks, great big wheel aches, sleek with a touch of classic, and simply timeless. Overall it would be short, long and aerodynamic.

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    2. I just visited your blog and I would say that at first glance it is an impressive site, however I am on holiday and very busy at the moment so I will be sifting through your blog in time to come.

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  3. Lovely. I wish my new A2 group had students as motivated and mature as you, Amrit. Julia, I am jealous!

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    1. Haha, thank you very much, but as Julia would agree I don't know when to keep my mouth shut!

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