Nearly all the pros I can think of who make it to the top and stay there — a fairly small number — have a little bit of craziness to them. In fact of the most gifted ones I know who didn’t make it, that same kind of craziness is the one thing they lack. The nature of How We Practice determines success more than any single factor — excluding overly generalized terms, like ‘gifts’ or ‘drive.’
Being a scientist requires having faith in uncertainty, finding pleasure in mystery, and learning to cultivate doubt. There is no surer way to screw up an experiment than to be certain of its outcome.
What yesterday took a million dollars and a machine the size of a school bus to achieve, will just as likely be done tomorrow in a millisecond, for a few pennies, in the palm of your hand.
Science and art are both trying to do the same thing: figure out the world around us. They use slightly different toolkits, but fundamentally they’re ways of trying to tap the mysteries around us.
People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.
Everybody should learn to code, he says, because machine/human and machine/machine interaction is becoming as ubiquitous as human/human interaction. Those who don’t know how to code soon will be in the same position as those who couldn’t read or write 200 years ago.
The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world.
The old is so often our bridge to the new, the familiar our escort to the unknown.
In science, every new discovery raises 10 new questions
What Science Wants to Know by Stuart Firestein
By this calculus, ignorance will always grow faster than knowledge. […] for all we have come to know, there is far more we don’t know. More important, everyday there is far more we know we don’t know. One crucial outcome of scientific knowledge is to generate new and better ways of being ignorant: not the kind of ignorance that is associated with a lack of curiosity or education but rather a cultivated, high-quality ignorance. […]
Science is about questions.
Innovation happens best when people of different backgrounds come together to solve the world’s toughest challenges.