More subtle aspects of “what is science?”
More Subtle Aspects of “What is Science?”
Dr. Doug Duncan
University of Colorado
Not agreed to by many practicing scientists; good debate topics:
David Gelertner (Yale): “Women are…less prone to the intense, cutthroat aggressiveness which usually marks the successful research scientist”
Riccardo Giaconni: “Make yourself the master of your subfield, and make it clear that it is yours alone.”
Meg Urry: “In other words, pee around the boundaries.”
The 1992 and 2002 “Women in Astronomy” meetings: “What leads to excellent science?” Cooperation or competition?
The trouble with “It is Trivial” and “Theories of Everything” – how they turn people off to science.
Hubert Reeves, “Malicorne – Earthly reflections of an astrophysicist.” – good book by “the French Carl Sagan,” delightful and much more modest than the “Theories of Everything” people.
“Talking About Leaving - Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences” Seymour & Hewitt. 600 hours of interviews and thoughtful analysis give the answers.
“There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.”
- Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)