Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Misconception

Science is not something that exists without creativity and imagination.  The very creation science as we know it could not have happened without the innovative and imaginative ideas of scientists like Einstein, Edison, and Planck.  Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Edison said “To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk,” Planck said “The scientist needs an artistically creative imagination.” Three great scientists all having ideals with a common theme, imagination. Science is more than just following steps and taking down data, it is asking questions and coming up with creative ways to try and answer them. When a scientist poses a question there's not cheat sheet or paint by number for the procedure, a scientist has to come up with every aspect of the experiment themselves. A scientist may consult others work in order to make their own procedure better, much as many artists use each other's techniques in their own work, but none the less creating a procedure requires original ideas and independent thinking. The misconception that science requires no creativity or imagination is simply completely and utterly wrong.

Many argue that science is too procedural,by the book, and and can be too easily replicated, which from the experience of anyone who has tried to replicate an experiment isn't always true. While science is intended to be retested and experiments be re-preformed by other scientists, it does not take away from the hard work and creative thinking that has to go into engineering the original experiment, or changing the experiment to prove or disprove something within the experiment or an application of it. These people may also ask how much creativity really goes into writing down some steps, but with that question they failed to realize the sheer amount of work and ingenuity that is behind many of the seemingly simple science procedures. Not only do scientists have to come up with a question to ask, but they also have to come up with a testable way of answering it. Everything from what equipment they will use to answer their question to how to show their findings to others, takes creativity and imagination.

Everyone thinks in a different way, person to person, scientist to scientist, they way one may test something maybe completely different than the way another may test the same thing. Two scientists testing the same thing in different ways may seem repetitive and unnecessary, however, many scientific breakthroughs and discoveries where stumbled upon while looking for other things, who knows, due to one scientists imaginative way of testing something they make find a new method to treat cancer, or even better a way to cure it. Einstein said “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” It is in this “everywhere” that the secretes of science lay, waiting to be discovered by one brave creative scientist who may stumble upon it one day.

Without creativity and imagination in science, Edison would have never perfected the light bulb, Henry Ford would never have invented the car, the Wright brothers would have never invented the first airplane, take a look around, everything we hold dear in our homes all started with one person's creative idea, and was the result of their imaginative way of making their idea a reality. Theories that are taught in schools around the world today once started off as just an idea, and only grew into what they are today because of the imagination and creativity of the scientist that got them there. Creative scientific theories are seen everywhere in science, from Atomic theory, to Quantum Mechanics, to one of the most prominent theories of biology, Evolution.

Before Charles Darwin everyone believed that everything in the world existed in the same form it always had, but when Darwin researched the Galapagos finches he had an idea. That idea triggered Darwin's imagination into coming up with an explanation to why he say similarities between the different species of finches on the island. The idea conjured up in Darwin's mind is what allowed him to look for evidence to support his idea, and eventually developed his theory of Evolution in The Origin of the Species. If scientists were not creative Darwin may have just brushed the idea of multiple species deriving from one species off because there wasn’t a twenty step procedure on how to test it. Clearly however, Darwin did not do that, he thought and collected evidence, and imagined a situation that made all of his thoughts and findings make sense. When someone who believes that science requires no creativity or imagination can explain how to come up with an original theory without using creativity or imagination, then their argument may have some merit.

Those who do not believe science requires no imagination or creativity have never worked in a scientific environment, or tried to design their own procedure. These people need to be exposed to the process of creating a science fair experiment, or required to write a hypothesis in order to understand that original thinking is everywhere in science, and is the heart of scientific breakthroughs.
Works Cited
"Charles Darwin and Creative Thinking." Michalko: Charles Darwin and Creative Thinking / Creativity-Portal.com. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
"Max Planck Quotes (Author of Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics)." Max Planck Quotes (Author of Eight Lectures on Theoretical Physics). Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
"National Endowment for the Arts." What Makes a Scientist a Creative Scientist? | NEA. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
"Thomas A. Edison Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.
"The Biology of Imagination." The Biology of Imagination. Web. 21 Dec. 2016.

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoy the connections you made with the Wright brothers, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. I also like the quote you brought in by Einstein about imagination taking you everywhere you need to go. Your essay uses a lot of logic and reasoning and makes sense to the reader!

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  2. I liked how you mentioned Darwin getting triggered. It made me think back to the things we did at the beginning of the year with evolution.

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