in reply to In praise of curiosity
Yet every major advance in science and technology was the result of
some rule being broken by somebody who didn't believe the limits set by
I strongly disagree with this. Could you please point out which limits
or rules set by authorities were broken by Einstein, Newton, Archimedes,
Euclid, Euler, Erdös, Von Neumann or Knuth, to name a few?
Over the centuries, many scientists were directly or indirectly funded
to do research, both practical and theoretical.
Many technological and scientific advances came from curiosity. But that's
surely not the only thing that make that make science and technology go
forward. Luck, prestige, the need to solve a problem, the wish to make a
buck, being observant, and hard work are important as well. Man didn't
go to the moon because someone was curious about the big yellow thing
in the sky and build a rocket. No, the main drive was prestige between
countries, and funding by the the "authorities". Archimedes didn't came
up with his buoyancy law because he was curious and breaking some rules -
no, he had a "Eureka!" moment when trying to solve a problem for his king.
And Galileo? Sure, he came head to head with the Roman church. But
his revelation only came because he had a problem to solve: to explain