June 6th, 2008
Brian Green has an op-ed in the New York Times speaking about the personal importance of science in our lives. It is a good article, and meaningful, in my opinion. Science has enabled you to read this post, but it has also done so much more. Reflect on that.
Sometimes I feel like I’m a lucky bastard who gets paid to play full time. But that’s not true. The value of science isn’t in the dollars or the results. It’s in the quest, and the understanding.
I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of government money making incremental advances in understanding quasars. To what end? To every end. This is the quest, to understand the universe, for the world. Some one should be figuring this stuff out, and it costs what it costs. It’s about more than making a living or the American Dream. It’s about understanding who we are and our place in the universe.
I care about this. It is important. It does matter. And it costs what it costs. We need to know in a meaningful way, true things, and this is the way. Let’s all enjoy it.