It’s important to appreciate why a future in biological discovery for a student with no appreciation of mathematics seems somewhat bleak.
As a society reaping the benefits of all the great scientific discoveries coming from model organisms, it is imperative to continue to support such creative inquiry in as many systems as possible.
Forget genes. The likelihood of finding an Indian super-athlete will remain low because of our own failure to build the conditions that encourage even basic sports, leave alone create champions.
We tend to ignore lessons from history around the world: there are only a few ways to build exceptional spots of research that can thrive and endure for a long time.
That ancient human drive to wonder about what might be out in space, or across the ocean, remains the key attribute that continues to drive scientists.
For most organisms, it can be very beneficial from the point of view of their survival to form an opinion on something purely with respect to possible or apparent intent, and without trying to understand any science behind it.
There have been many clashes of civilisation over the centuries, over which the fate of humanity hung. Perhaps the biggest one that remains is that between science and pseudoscience.
Y. Subbarow and Sidney Farber developed a friendship recognising each other to be fellow science warriors, passionate about their research performed in dingy basements against debilitating illnesses.
Places that foster conditions to drive innovation, enterprise, and curiosity driven-research will continue to thrive, and incubate the inventors and discoverers of the future.
A discovery is made only when the appropriate tools required for that discovery are invented – and almost never completely by chance.
There are great discoveries to be made where we can’t see, and these will only come if we abandon our comfort zones and our reliance on running with the herd.
Crosstalk is our monthly column on the history, culture and processes of science.
Robert Hooke’s insatiable love for physics, chemistry and the natural world kicked off a revolution in microscopy and the discovery of the very small.
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