EXPERIENCE AND HISTORY
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 704-707

Exploring the epididymis: a personal perspective on careers in science


Department of Urology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, USA

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Terry T Turner
Department of Urology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1008-682X.145432

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Science is a profession of inquiry. We ask ourselves what is it we see and why our observations happen the way they do. Answering those two question puts us in the company of those early explorers, who from Europe found the New World, and from Asia reached west to encounter Europe. Vasco Núñez de Balboa of Spain was such an explorer. He was the first European to see or "discover" the Pacific Ocean. One can imagine his amazement, his excitement when he first saw from a mountain top that vast ocean previously unknown to his culture. A career in science sends each of us seeking our own "Balboa Moments," those observations or results that surprise or even amaze us, those discoveries that open our eyes to new views of nature and medicine. Scientists aim to do what those early explorers did: discover what has previously been unknown, see what has previously been unseen, and reveal what has previously been hidden. Science requires the scientist to discover the facts from among many fictions and to separate the important facts from the trivial so that knowledge can be properly developed. It is only with knowledge that old dogmas can be challenged and corrected. Careers in science produce specific sets of knowledge. When pooled with other knowledge sets they eventually contribute to wisdom and it is wisdom, we hope, that will improve the human condition.


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