The Society for Amateur Scientists was founded to place the power, process, and promise of science within reach of everyone. SAS links science enthusiasts of all backgrounds and interests with world-class professional scientists, to empower amateurs to take part in the great scientific debates of our time as full members of the scientific community. Our mission is two-fold: to advance science by bringing untapped talent into the field, and to help create a more scientifically literate public. The debate about teaching evolution and scientific creationism in the public schools has raged for decades. Is it appropriate for an grass roots science organization like ours to comment on this debate? The Society for Amateur Scientists was founded to educate people about how science works, what science tells us about our world, and how everyday people can take an active part in fascinating scientific issues.
Society for Amateur Scientists
How to Become an Amateur Scientist (and Why You Should)
In Miami, Randy McCranie is a postal worker who has conducted extensive investigations as a field biologist in Honduras. And in Seguin, Texas, Forrest M. Mims III is a prolific science writer and inventor who has gained renown for his studies of the atmosphere and notoriety for his views on evolution. Each seems to have little in common with the others, but they all are amateur scientists who have struggled alone at times to prove their capabilities to the scientific establishment. These days, however, amateurs may feel a little less lonely in their quest for respect.
Amateur Science Misc.
Shawn Carlson investigates how plants grow in reduced gravity. Shawn Carlson explains how to build a cosmic-ray telescope. Shawn Carlson describes a way to view the path of charged particles. Shawn Carlson shows how to fine-tune a laboratory thermometer.
The Society for Amateur Scientists SAS was a non-profit c 3 organization dedicated to "helping ordinary people do extraordinary science". It was the first organization ever created for the generalists of citizen science. Rather than supporting a narrow interest, such as amateur astronomy or archeology, SAS supported amateur research into all fields of science and in so doing, it helped to launch the modern citizen science movement. Carlson led the organization for 16 years until he closed it to pursue other interests in science education.