So, you’re a scientist, huh? Ph.D. and God knows what…

You know, this is your girlfriend’s/wife’s, parents’, (CSI watching) non-scientist friends’ mental image of your work place


…while it in fact looks more like

(Peter, I am sorry. You’re an awesome chemist, really. But it was kind of difficult for me yesterday to find an empty spot in your fume hood to fit an HPLC vial.)


10 Responses to Popular Culture vs Real-Life Chemistry

  1. Ed says:

    So true 🙂
    Had some non-chemist friends visit my Lab at the beginning of the year, to me it actually looked quite cleaned up at the time but they thought it was a mess.

  2. Toya says:

    Who the heck sticks needles in round-bottomed flask cork stands? That makes no sense to me!

  3. anonymous chemist says:

    I’d never leave my fume hood looking like that! A chemist can have less mess, and also it makes one work better. At least for me! Used things that are not to be used again are to be washed or thrown! But then again, there are lots of chemist who don’t know what “washing your equipment” means. Luckily, I do!

  4. Bozhidar says:

    Uh, that’s how a lab, used for 10 years by physicists looked like, when I arrived and had to put some order in it. This is absolutely not how a chem lab should look like. It’s clear that the first image is far for reality, but if I see somebody working in a place like on the second I will for sure doubt about the precision of his results.

  5. anonymous says:

    Bozhidar, who cares about precision when you’re running an illegal drugs factory 🙂

  6. I teach chem. I will encourage my students to attend. Good reviews from the past.

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