Science History & Philosophy, and Research in Museum Collections
“people should learn scientific knowledge to be able to discuss important topics and use science for good”
Our guest is Gabriella Ferreira, a masters student in Science Philosophy. She talks about her work at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, and her studies of Science Philosophy. Gabriella showcases the importance of historical collections for current research efforts. Work done in natural history museums can be applied to conservation purposes, and to study the evolution of species.
She further talks about the history of science. Some of the questions posed by ancient natural philosophers are still studied, today, using modern science. We also talked a bit about modern bio-ethical problems.
Gabriella spend her childhood in Paris, before she moved to the countryside in Portugal. The change in environment got her interested in gardening, farming and nature. After receiving a bachelors in biology she began her masters studies in 2017, in Lisbon.
We mention the quote ‘If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’ – it goes back to Dr. Richard Feynman, a famous physicist and physics educator.