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A great quote on how science works

11/15/2009
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The most recent cover story of the University of Iowa Spectator (an alumni magazine) is titled “Driven to Discover: What Makes Scientists Tick.”  Though the article is mostly just there to express “Hey, we do science here at U of I, isn’t that great,” my partner brought this great quote to my attention:

“People see shows like CSI, where difficult questions are quickly solved and mysteries are wrapped up in a one-hour episode,” says Mark Blumberg, professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  “They don’t see the obsession, the struggle, the reading, the thinking, the mistakes.  The path to discovery almost never follows a straight line.  It’s typically more like a drunken walk.”

Yes.

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  1. 02/26/2010 1:56 pm

    I thought of this post when I saw SMBC today:

    http://www.smbc-comics.com/#comic

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