|I prefer beer tasting to wine|
When I was in high school, and even through college, as I studied science, or even math, there was always that section in the beginning of the chapter that talked about how Louis Pasteur showed that non-living matter cannot create living matter, or how Charles Darwin discovered/described the principles of evolution, or about Newton discovering/describing calculus. I always glossed over these parts. The names and dates ran together, and were not important to me. Same thing with most of the history classes. Did I really care about the wives of Henry VIII? (Sorry to all my UK readers). Just give me the discoveries they made, I don't care about the scientists, or how they came up with their ideas, just tell me the ideas were.
Some time after I graduated college there began a change in me. Now that I wasn't a student by profession, I could go slower with my absorption of knowledge. I began to enjoy the who and the how. Now I'm fascinated with Darwin, what his observations were, and how he put them together into his theory of evolution. He exemplifies how scientific genius is suppose to happen. Now that I teach science to High School students, I keep trying to impress upon them, the importance of these scientists, and their discoveries and how amazing it was to go from the state of not knowing to enlightening the world of how a scientific principle works. And all I see in their faces, is a mirror reflecting my me own face when I was their age (god, I had just typing that phrase).
|"Are you not entertained?"|