Saturday, April 08, 2006

Favorite what?

The other day I cancelled my attendance at a meeting... which is not so strange... my reason though has set me to ponder.

I have a background in science, and science that is not so much the strictly mathematically based kind (physics for example) but biology mixed in a wonderful bag with culture and nature...

So, as I was driving to work I heard that the grandpapa of the scientific theoretical framework to which I have subscribed... well, he is coming to speak at a local institution of higher learning. So my reason for saying I would not attend a meeting was because "my favorite scientist is coming to lecture".

I thought nothing of it at the time, but now, upon more reflection, it is a little different. I have never ever heard anyone say that they have a favorite scientist.

So, I ask you in a meme-ish way, do you have a favorite scientist?

Just so you know, mine is Edward O. Wilson

Yes, he is rather controversial, but one of the things I think is so cool about him is that he has behaved rather admirably in the face of adversity. Honor, it speaks volumes to me. That and some other things...

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2 comments:

Nettie said...

Rosalind Franklin

Veronica Mitchell said...

I tried and failed to hear an Oliver Sachs lecture once. I was sad for days.

And even though he's not a scientist, but a science writer, I read anything David Quammen writes.