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What’s Your Definition of “Science”?

We're pondering what the idea of "science" means to our diverse research community. Weigh in.

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The WID community gathers daily at 3 p.m. to take a break, caffeinate and converse. Buzz Tea @ 3 is a monthly series that gathers perspectives on different topics focused on ideas and research. The Institute’s Twitter followers can also chime in by replying to @WIDiscovery, posting on its Facebook page or emailing us.

Responses from Tea

“Categorizing, labeling and naming processes.”

“Things we don’t know in a race to be the first guy to do it. Also, money.”

“The old guy yelling about it in the Thomas Dolby music video.”

“Jesse Pinkman.”

“A controlled yet infinite way of expressing the hope that people can eventually figure out what all of this is about.”

“I discovered in nature the non-utilitarian delights that I sought in art, Both were a form of magic, both were a game of intricate enchantment and deception.” — Vladimir Nabokov

“The null hypothesis.”

“Productive confusion.”

“Science: An art.”

“Questioning everything.”

“The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things which lifts human life a little above the level of force and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.” — Steven Weinberg

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