Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

The Secret Ingredient when doing Science

What is the secret ingredient when we develop science?

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Some might think it is curiosity. Others might be inclined to resilience.

Curiosity is a powerful driver imprinting dynamics from question after question, always trying to fulfill the insatiable desire to know.

Resilience is a powerful sustainer every time you fail, and for those who do real science know how much we fail, fail again, until we fail better (Samuel Beckett).

But I think there is a secret ingredient.


In cooking, love is the secret ingredient which distinguished a cook from a chef. When you love the science you do, even if you tired and lack curiosity, or demotivated and find hard to be resilient, the love for what you do will keep you moving forward.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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