There are a number of impressive so-called "Amateur" scientific activities that
are as sophisticated as "professional" research. In some respects the underlying
motivation is substantially more altruistic than some of the latter, because the
underlying motivation is not obtaining tenure, additional sources of funding,
Amateurs are typically motivated by the sincerest of
motivations, a thirst for knowledge and understanding. While paid scientists seek
copyrights, patents and financial rewards for their work, the amateur freely discloses and
shares his work.
Take a look at the links below and see if you don't agree. We welcome your comments in
Tass - Science History In The Making
Leos Onros - An interesting article by a
truly remarkable amateur astronomer.
Amateur Astonomy - World class astronomy is taking place by a
very active group of worldwide amateurs.
Amateur Astro-Spectroscopy - The work reviewed here is unquestionably world-class in both
amateur and professional research.