Ideas in Science Creativity in Science: How Scientists Decide What to Study

by Barry Bickmore


1. The creative process used in art is fundamentally different from the process of science.

2. Science has been described as "the art of the soluble." This means that science is about

3. The ability to be creative in any field is enhanced by

4. In order to make progress in the study of genetics, scientists tended to choose an organism to research that was

5. Scientists are often concerned with the "big questions" in their field, such as Can we mitigate the effects of climate change? or What causes heart disease? or How important is a particular species to our ecosystem? Which of the following statements best represents how scientists tackle these big questions?

6. Being a scientist often involves distinguishing between testable and non-testable questions. Based on what you've read here, which of the following do you think is a good definition of a "testable question"?

7. Scientists "tell stories" in the sense that they

Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.
- Jonathan Schattke

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