Sunday, October 26, 2014

Failure is necessary for scientific advance

New Scientist & Slate Interview – Inspired by Porcupines

October 19, 2014
Jeff Karp


We don’t talk enough about failure in science. But nine times out of 10, when you conduct any experiment, you are going to fail. In many ways, we’ve been educated to think that failure is one direction and success is the other. But I think both can point in the same direction: Failure has to come first so success can follow. Understanding that, I’ve tried not only to rate failure as part of the scientific process in my lab but also to find ways to accelerate it.


No one ever gets it right the first time.


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