In Praise of Hard Questions

In Praise of Hard Questions - Wayne Kocher GPH 111 Stewart...

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Wayne Kocher GPH 111 – Stewart 8-30-10 “In Praise of Hard Questions” by Tom Siegfried – Question Responses In Tom Siegfried’s article “In Praise of Hard Questions,” Tom explains how, unlike law, good science comes from great questions. He quotes 2004 Nobel physics laureate David Gross saying, “One of the most creative qualities a research scientist can have is the ability to ask the right questions." He uses this quote to lead into his fundamental point that science’s greatest advances occur at the interface between ignorance and knowledge, where the most profound questions are posed (Siegfried). The majority of the article highlights some of science’s greatest questions, from its inception to today, and how the answers to those questions have led into deeper questions. One of the “gaps” or “clouds” he mentions is when science turned 20; one was the mystery of specific heats that James Clerk Maxwell identified and the other was the failure to detect the ether, a medium required by Maxwell’s electromagnetic waves. He explains that the
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