Lewis Thomas – Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (1983)

Very few see science as the high adventure it really is, the wildest of all explorations ever undertaken by human beings, the chance to catch close views of things never seen before, the shrewdest maneuver for discovering how the world works. Instead, they become baffled early on, and they are misled into thinking that bafflement is simply the result of not having learned all the facts. They are not told, as they should be told, that everyone else–from the professor in his endowed chair down to the platoons of postdoctoral students in the laboratory all night–is baffled as well. Every important scientific advance that has come in looking like an answer has turned, sooner or later–usually sooner–into a question. And the game is just beginning.

“Humanities and Science”

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