Science quote of the day

All sciences are connected; they lend each other material aid as parts of one great whole, each doing its own work, not for itself alone, but for the other parts; as the eye guides the body and the foot sustains it and leads it from place to place.

– Roger Bacon

This is one of the things that I love most about science: the interconnected nature of the enterprise, where every question leads you down another path of curiosity and lets you traipse through someone else’s backyard of knowledge. We can be too focused on our own domain sometimes, possibly as a defensive reaction to the massive flood of information coming at us from our own little corner of our own little subfield. But we must never forget that we are traversing a web, and that nothing we do makes sense without pulling back to see its entirety.

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