Scientific advancement is more than a series of experiments: it is often a debate among scientists with fundamentally different points of view. Niels Bohr knew this firsthand thanks to Einstein. Musser's book is "Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time--and What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything" (http://goo.gl/iUwrnU).
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Transcript - What is the purpose of science? It is to create a view of reality. It is to create a stable view of reality to understand why things happen in the world. A view that kind of transcends the everyday vagaries of life. The sun will rise. The rain will fall. I mean the ball will travel in an arc. At least in physics these are the things that occur despite all the other noise and joy and vagaries of living in the world and the experience that we have. There’s some rock solid kind of root to what’s going on in the world. And we expect physicists to find that.
So we usually think of the theoretical scientist, the theoretician sitting, working, pen and paper, blackboard – today a computer, mathematic or math lab and they produce equations and they change the world by the power of their individual thought. But science is a deeply collaborative enterprise and I’ve always been struck when I see physicists in action how much they are teaching one another. They’re at blackboards explaining an idea to a colleague. Then I see them at another blackboard an hour later explaining the very same idea to a different colleague in different ways. Then they give a presentation. Then they write a draft of a paper. This is a social enterprise. And they kind of go back and forth between the individual sitting, struggling against the brick wall, banging their head against it trying to make sense of the reality and the collaborative social side of things. Read Full Transcript Here: http://goo.gl/EbPZQl.
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