Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
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A Reflection on Science and Wonder

A Reflection on Science and Wonder

Aug 24, 2008-- When we look at the wealth of opportunities hovering on the horizon of science -- genomic sequencing, personalized medicine, nanoscience, quantum computing, space technology -- we realize how crucial it is. But the reason science really matters runs deeper still. Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that's precise, predictive and reliable -- a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering. As every parent knows, children begin life as uninhibited, unabashed explorers of the unknown. Science is a great adventure stories, one that's been unfolding for thousands of years as we have sought to understand ourselves and our surroundings -- to look out on the world, and see that the wonder of the cosmos transcends everything that divides us. Columbia University physicist Brian Greene reflects further on science and wonder. (2748 reads)


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