Parents are always the optimistic ones, right?
My mom always has a response for me when I claim I made a mistake:
We don’t make mistakes; we just create new ideas.
Well…she was right.
Physicist Joseph Henry said something similar:
The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them.
I recently read an article on Slashdot about the power of accidental discoveries.
It’s somewhat strange to think that something that is so widely used like penicillin was discovered accidentally.
Discuss: What is more important in science: getting results or finding new questions to explore?
Being a scientist-in-training myself, this is encouraging because sometimes I feel like my experiments are more mistakes than intentional, but maybe I need to start looking at the glass of science as half full.
And just a little Monday morning humor courtesy of one of my favorite comics: