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In Science Today, a Genius Never Works Alone


Science & Tech  (tags: In science today, a genius never works alone )

Agnes
- 592 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Future discoveries are more likely to be made by scientists sharing ideas than a lone genius



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Freya H. (307)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 6:36 am
Even the geniuses of old probably didn't work alone - Newton, Einstein, etc. worked with others, as I recall. Of course, today with instantaneous communication such as e-mail, Twitter, cell phones, etc., sharing ideas and bouncing them off other minds is a whole lot easier and faster.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 9:15 am

Newton was a part of the British mathematical and science group called the Royal Society.Though some biographies indicate he was infrequent with attendance. His social skills were very poor, and he felt others were attempting to steal his ideas. Before his death he burned volumes of his work. Collaborative work seems to be far more productive and healthy for the far reaching goals of furthering the study of science. Today, we would not accept the findings of one scientist, that was not tested repeatedly by others.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 1:13 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday February 4, 2013, 4:32 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John S. (303)
Monday February 4, 2013, 5:17 am
Noted.
 

Diane Makar (0)
Monday February 4, 2013, 11:49 am
I neither agree or disagree. I would just like to note that while, yes, collaborative efforts generally produce great results. Lets not dismiss the productivity and notable achievements made by the sole working scientist. Alone, undisturbed and thus unswayed.
 
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