Science and the Humanities

On the one hand I learned in Junior lab that Maxwell changed one of his wave equations “purely out of an aesthetic preference” and he hit upon a formula that worked. On the other hand, Ramanujan, one of the great mathematicians of number theory in modern times, was a poor boy in India with little formal education and he began to show his genius at around age 12 when he found a handbook of math identities and began to PROVE them. Kekule who discovered the ring structure of organic chemistry did so from a dream about a myth in which a snake eats its own tail (forming a RING.) Perhaps some of Carl Jung’s popular writings would argue in favor of a scientist with some background in humanities.

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