E.O. Wilson: A good scientist thinks like a poet, works like a bookkeeper


English: Edward O. Wilson
English: Edward O. Wilson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As my students know very well, I love the whole idea of TED. “Ideas worth spreading” is their mantra and it fits. I just finished watching a TEDMED talk by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson from 2012 that I have watched several times before entitled, “Advice to Young Scientists”. However, this time through extra digging, I found a short Q & A that followed that talk in which Wilson elaborates on why imagination is so important in science. Expounding on the words of Einstein, Wilson says, paraphrasing, that a scientist must think like a poet and work like a bookkeeper.  Creativity and imagination are essential and scientific training makes the discoveries possible.

One thought on “E.O. Wilson: A good scientist thinks like a poet, works like a bookkeeper”

  1. Hi Matt, the book by Prof. E. O. Wilson of the same title is priceless in my opinion. It will probably become necessary reading for many in the current generation of scientists. Thanks for alerting us of the TED talk. Cheers—

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