The Scientist does not study Nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If Nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.
-- Henri J. Poincaré
To me the most interesting thing about man is that he is an animal who practices art and science, and in every known society practices both together.
-- Jacob Bronowski

You can find out more about my personal interest in science on my Astronomy and Catastrophism pages.

I grew up in Chicago which is graced by a variety of fine science museums: the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and many other smaller museums. There are also two fine zoos: the Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo.

I spent a lot of time at these places as a youngster. I still visit them fairly regularly. I learned how much material is NOT on display, but instead resides in some forgotten dusty storage area. I wonder how many scientific breakthroughs are waiting for curious researchers to delve into hundred-year-old crates or specimen drawers?

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Last modified by pib on March 21, 2000.