Can anyone be a scientist?
My baby brother, Braeden, is a genius…literally, he’s been certified and everything (whatever that means).
When talking to Braeden about his passion, science, I am transformed into a world of limitless possibilities, most of which are beyond my comprehension. His theories surpass my intellect, to the point where I am able to follow but contribute nothing. That is fine with me, because I simply love learning from his imagination and gaining excitement from his momentum of thought.
Recently we have been talking about things he can do for the Science Fair. His current idea is to transform plastic back into oil. Now, he is aware that this is already being done, so its nothing new, but he is trying to come up with a more economical method, one where you can easily and cheaply transform the plastic in your very home. Watching him work, testing new creations, modifying the old, gets me thinking about how all science is working on whims. But these whims only become success when passion is applied. As much as any person can appreciate science, it’s those who breathe science that truly transform it. What do you think? Am I wrong in thinking that science is driven by aspiration more than knowledge?