Science was Fun in Ben Franklin's Day
I am a degreed chemist. I took post-degree, graduate level courses at the University of Virginia. I much enjoy science!
But, to be honest, science was much more fun in earlier times. In the 1700s and early 1800s. Science lay in the hands of individual researchers. Often those researchers were well-to-do. Money allowed for leisure time. Leisure time allowed for scientific pursuits.
One "ordinary" man who was much interested in science was Benjamin Franklin. And, yes, he lived during this time window.
Don't get me wrong. I feel entirely privileged to be living during this time frame (for reasons I do not here disclose). But for the pursuit of science by the individual, I feel somewhat deprived.
Scientists in this day and age are often part of a team, even if they are working at the University level. Sponsorship often demands this. Individual initiative is not normally the driving force for the scientific researcher.
Then again, is personal "glory" really all that important? It can be pretty rewarding to make a major discovery as part of a team.
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