In the midst of this season of prime for the Mccaws, Carters, Nonus and Wilkinsons (Tindalls not so much), I thought I’d share this blog post from the Ripple Effect, which questions the unsung heroism of science. I love this, as well as the very insightful comment below which asks:
Would more scientists be heroes in our society if they could communicate their love for their work in a lively way (brimming with wonder, curiosity and excitement)—connecting with people on an emotional level?
I wonder if the scientists at CERN who think they may have uncovered evidence for the faster-than-light neutrinos will turn out to be our heroes of the day? That’s now for the science community to scrutinise and decide. I think the way that scientists build on the foundations of the work of their predecessors but are still willing to adjust their views based on what's observed, is admirably humble and pretty heroic – just in a different way to that of rugby players. It has the potential to make a great story for people to engage with on an emotional level. This discovery could one day change our understanding of the universe and the way in which things work. Epic stuff.