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On science, beauty and demystification...

8 Nov 2009, 20:12 UTC
On science, beauty and demystification...
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"Science takes the romance out of things." This was an offhand comment made to me in conversation at the pub the other night. Is that really what people believe? Apparently, it is. It's regrettable, but I suppose the old stereotype of scientists being unable to appreciate the beauty in things is still going strong. While it's a sad fact that there are a number of scientists I've met who fit this image, it's certainly not true of all of us. It may be the case that some scientists might scoff at the concept of beauty and dismissively explain away the natural phenomena which cause aesthetics. In my opinion, these scientists are doing it wrong.(Read more ...)

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