Inspirational science stuff

As the (almost) first post for this site, I want to start with feel good vibes. I'll collect inspirational science stuff here as I come across them.


I recently came across a brief essay by Martin Schwartz [1] as a part of a reading for class. The essay makes me feel a bit better about being stupid, and I suggest you check it for yourself. Favorite bit:

"Focusing on important questions puts us in the awkward position of being ignorant. One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time."


This is my favorite grook by Piet Hein [2], although I was not able to find an original source for it.

"The road to wisdom? - Well, it's plain and simple to express: 
      and err 
      and err again 
      but less 
      and less 
      and less."


[1] Schwartz, M. A. The importance of stupidity in scientific research. J. Cell Sci. 2008121, DOI: 10.1242/jcs.033340

[2] Hein, Piet. The road to wisdom.

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