Science is often presented in neat little packages. Gravity does this, electricity does that, DNA does the other. But this is not how new science happens. Rather, these “neat little packages” emerge from a grungy mess of uncertainty that would make any sausage butcher proud.
Nice article from December 2011 linked in Phil Plait’s post about the Higgs Boson and the nature of science.
“Never forget this either: we humans did this. The discovery of this new particle, and the vast potential it has, was all because we’re curious. This huge machine, the LHC, was built solely because we wanted to find things out, and some people had the vision to fund it and build it. When we wish to explore, when we wish to see what’s over the next hill, wonders unfold before us.”
Read his whole post here.