What does it take to become a mad scientist?

I just got some fan mail that I have to share with you. This is from a young man of about 12 years—we’ll call him Brent—whom I met at a recent book signing. He is obviously a very bright boy, and his question was so good it got me thinking, so I wanted to share it with you.

Nikola Tesla

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Hi Sechin Tower I am that kid from Gen Con in the star trek uniform. I have a question how does one become a mad scientist and what in your mind what is a mad scientist.P.S. loving the book can’t wait for the sequel.


Hello, Brent!

I’m so glad that I got to meet you at Gencon and I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying the novel. I’m working on the sequel right now and I think it will also be fun to read.

You asked a very good question about becoming a mad scientist. I think the most important thing to being a scientist is curiosity. Scientists are curious about the world and everything in it. They go to school and work hard to learn answers, but they also learn how to make questions that will lead to new answers that nobody has ever learned before. They do all of this because they are curious and love to learn. As long as you follow your curiosity and ask better and better questions, you’re on the path to becoming a scientist.

Now, a MAD scientist is a scientist who is either crazy or people think is crazy. Mad scientists try to use science to prove something amazing, something that nobody else believes can be true. In real life, mad scientists are usually wrong, but not always. Other scientists once thought that Nikola Tesla was wrong about alternating current motors and some people even called him mad. But then he proved that it could work, and it changed the way we use electricity. Tesla also said he could prove other things that still seem impossible (For example, controlling the weather or lighting up the sky) but he was never able to prove these other things, so some people still think of him as a mad scientist.

Are you thinking of becoming a scientist someday? It takes hard work in school, but someone as intelligent and curious as you can certainly become a great scientist.

Thank you for writing to me! I’d love to talk to you more if you are interested.

Yours sincerely,

Sechin Tower


Do you think I gave “Brent” the right answer? Leave a comment if you agree or disagree.

About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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2 Responses to What does it take to become a mad scientist?

  1. ...the rich says:

    i think it was a good answer. remind him that curiosity is a great thing, a driving force for mankind. my real question (that may define if he is indeed mad scientist material) is what color uniform was he wearing?

  2. Sechin Tower says:

    He was wearing yellow TNG era outfit, which is why I nicknamed him “Brent” for this reprinting.

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