Wonder and Life Sciences

Sciences are marvelous not because of how much is known but because of how much remains unknown. When a new system or idea of nature is deeply studied, one might be tempted to think we understand all there is to know about it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The more we look into and discover our natural world, the more we realize how complicated, delicate, vast, mysterious, and wonderful it is. Every answered question births two or three more questions, which then produces even more questions.

The more we learn, the more we realize there is so much more to appreciate. For example, when we discovered the structure of DNA, it led to the discovery of the process of protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is basically the interpretation of a language. It then can be asked, how can a language this complex come about when one missed letter can create an entirely different result? This also opened the door to a much deeper understanding of life and the ability to potentially manipulate it in a way never before imagined. This inspires deep philosophical questions and the role of ethics in science. It is an exciting and never-ending process that produces a beautiful story of design and intricacy which causes one to marvel.

The greatest discoveries of our time have been driven by this sense of wonder that encaptures those that call themselves scientists. To those who take the time to deeply learn about science, a fire is ignited in their souls that drives them to try to find the answers to their questions. As if there is a great treasure just beyond the horizon waiting to be discovered, that is accessible to anyone who cares enough to find it. For those who are taught and wise enough to appreciate the life sciences, it becomes a drive.

To quote one famous scientist, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”  Albert Einstein

Lauren Nichols
Upper School Science Teacher