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Swetha Chandrasekar

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Student, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

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Is science just imagination in a straitjacket?

This week in my Bioelectricity class, we listened to an NPR interview with Frances Ashcroft. Ashcroft is a British scientist who made a discovery in 1984 that allows neonatal diabetes patients to take pills as insulin supplements instead of injections. In her interview, as she discussed her thoughts on the scientific process and developing her theory, she referenced a quote by Richard Feynman, is a renowned American theoretical physicist.
"Science is imagination in a straitjacket."
Many scientists would argue that science does not restrict imagination, but rather promotes it. How is it that a well renowned scientist and thinker like Feynman, could feel confined when seeking answers in science? Is science a vehicle for imagination or is it used to tie down imagination with facts? What experience could have caused him to have this opinion? Does science truly restrict the imagination as Feynman suggests, or is science a vehicle for imagination?


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    Feb 9 2013: "Imagination", itself is just one of the great mysteries our imagined existence, Imagination, and not science is worthy of believing in.

    Thank you, Swetha, for taking my imagination with you on this journey, this morning. It has been very delightful, reminding me again, what is important in my life. I choose to leave behind the false sense of security in traveling with the perceived 'known' , and I'll run with Mystery and Imaginations, til I run no more.
    It has been my utmost pleasure to have met you here, as well. Later, Tim.....if there really is a later?!?!?!

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