Quote of the Day 2014-12-20

The scientist’s great challenge was to combine attachment to a guiding idea (without which fruitful scientific investigation was impossible) with the willingness to discard that idea if reality so commanded. This balancing act, this simultaneous commitment to an idea and readiness to abandon it “is a really difficult thing; in this consists the true drama of the scientist”.

-from Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel Todes