Thursday, August 23, 2012

What is a good scientist?

"Good scientists expect that their students will exceed them. Although the academic system gives a successful scientist many reasons to believe in his or her own authority, any good scientist knows that the minute you succumb to believing that you know more than your best students, you cease to be a scientist."

Lee Smolin, "The trouble with physics" (p. 304).

May I always remember this!