Where Scientific Ideas Come From

No Geologist worth anything is permanently bound to a desk or laboratory, but the charming notion that true science can only be based on unbiased observation of nature in the raw is mythology. Creative work, in geology and anywhere else, is interaction and synthesis: half-baked ideas from a bar room, rocks in the field, chains of thought from lonely walks, numbers squeezed from rocks in a laboratory, numbers from a calculator riveted to a desk, fancy equipment usually malfunctioning on expensive ships, cheap equipment in the human cranium, arguments before a road cut.


Not just study, but long walks, arguments in bars, and all the ways fine art is produced.

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 An urchin in the storm
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Gould , Stephen Jay (1988), An urchin in the storm, Retrieved on 2012-05-30
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  • Folksonomies: science