We don’t normally think about it in our day-to-day work, but as scientists, our equations, our models, our observations, our experiments and our instruments are more than just our tools for approaching our work. In a very real way, they’re our connection to the Universe itself.
Yet some people miss out on that connection, never finding the wonder, joy and knowledge that comes along with science. Sabine Hossenfelder has an interesting take on this — and a personal story, too — that’s worth reading. Here’s a snippet:
We don’t talk about it, but science isn’t just a profession. It’s a way to make sense of the world. It’s a way to find unity with nature. Most scientists are atheists, not so much because belief and superstition has no place in science, but because, as Laplace put it so aptly, God is a useless hypothesis. Why spend the Sunday in church when you can spend it in the lab?
Go read the whole thing, and while you may not agree with it all, you’re very likely to find pieces of it that resonate with you. I know I did.