“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English) – Lewis Carroll
My daughter wants to be a researcher. We were talking about the scientific method – formulating hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing results and drawing conclusions, which then cycle back to new hypotheses.
And I said, “It all begins, however, with curiosity!”
A longing to understand the world around us; what makes it tick; how to tweak it to work differently; how to make it better.
A state of mind that leads to two questions that underpin much of scientific research:
What If… ?
Take this example.
“WHY can we only hear people speaking from nearby?”
This ‘why’ question leads to research into how sound waves are transmitted. The answer – because sound travels through air – logically leads to the next ‘what if’ question.
“WHAT IF sound could travel through something else?”
This leads to a fascinating exploration into how sound causes pressure waves in air, that can be converted into vibrations of a diaphragm, which then moves a magnet within an electric field to generate weak pulses that can travel across oceans through wires.
And all of a sudden, you have the makings of a TELEPHONE that can make trans-national calls.
Now we can hear people speaking from ANYWHERE.
It began with just 2 questions.
And ‘What if…’
They are at the root of innovations that transform our world.
They’ll also be at the heart of what’s about to follow.
And they are sparked by the magic of CURIOSITY.