Inspiration is just as important to scientists as it is to artists. Einstein's theories of special relativity were famously drawn from his boyhood question, "What would riding upon a beam of light be like?" Archimedes came to his famous eureka moment, and uncovered the principle of buoyancy, in a bath. Without moments of inspiration like these, humanity would not have made the progress that it has. Taking a broad view of the world has historically been a large part of the academic world; however, there is still a constant struggle with academic tunnel vision. When one becomes obsessed with a singular field,failure to recognize the potential applications of the problems, methods, ideas, and inspirations from other fields becomes an even greater possibility.
Nichols, Nick A.
"Tunnel Vision: A Problem in Academics,"
The Intellectual Standard:
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