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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

  • Galileo's Commandment: 2500 Years of Great Science Writing
  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Karthik Durvasula

Yes, I totally agree with this post, and this is what I was trying to say earlier.

However, the reason wonder is usually the first step is simply cause it is the "motivation".

The three aspects of science as I see it are really, motivation, theory and data (facts). And all three are independently necessary.

Two points though:
1) This is more of a quibble: motivation need not be "wonder". There was a lot of good science done in the name of God, not because the people were awed by nature itself, but because they wanted to understand God better.

2) About "Maybe it isn't passed on from generation to generation. Maybe each generation invents language for itself"...yes, this was the view of language learning espoused by many from at least Jakobson (1941), Chomsky (in the 50's) ... and it is the model of language acquisition in the generative grammar framework.

And Jakobson (1941) talks about a host of other older researchers with similar notions about language acquisition. That particular book is a revelation as to how sophisticated the ideas floating around were, even before the "cognitive revolution".

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