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GS320A Article Practice/Wilson -- KEY From personal experience and impressions recorded by others, let me offer the following rough map of innovation in science. You start by loving a subject. Birds, probability theory, explosives, stars, differential equations, storm fronts, sign language, swallowtail butterflies, -- the odds are that the obsession will have begun in childhood. The subject will be your lodestar and give sanctuary in the shifting mental universe. A pioneer in molecular biology once told me that his fascination with the replication of DNA molecules began when he was given an erector set as a child. Playing with the toy, he saw possibilities of creation by the multiplication and rearrangement of identical units. The great metallurgist Cyril Smith owed his devotion to alloys to the fact that he was color blind.
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Unformatted text preview: The impairment caused him to turn his attention at an early age to the intricate black-and-white patterns to be seen everywhere in nature, to swirls, filigree, and banding, and eventually to the fine structure of metal. Albert Camus spoke for all such innovators when he said that a mans work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. The subject we love is probably also well known to others. So we have to travel away from it into regions deliberately chosen for their lack of previous attention. Science has flourished in western cultures because this difficult step was recognized by society as valuable, and rewarded. (Excerpt from Biophilia by E.O. Wilson, pp.65-66)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2011 for the course GS 311 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Duke.

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