Summary of a Symposium Talk Presented at the Centennial Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society, 2008, in Minneapolis, MN.
Science is Like Journalism and Art.
Science is like journalism: it's about searching for the facts and reporting them as interesting stories. As scientists, we are judged by what we have discovered and not by who we are.
Science is also like art: it is coming up with ideas, innovations, and interpretations based seemingly on random facts and observations and bringing them into an understandable and original picture through testable hypotheses.
“All scientists must communicate their work, for what is the point of learning new things about how the world works if you don’t tell anyone about them?” The Guardian, November 24, 2008.