Could it be that thinking deeply
about subjects such as history, philosophy, and
religion makes one a better scientist? Nobel laureate
Tom Cech thinks so.
“You could get more science
if you went to a trade school, but ultimately that
may not produce the best scientists,” Cech
says in this issue’s “Burning with Life.
Science in the Catalyst of the Liberal Arts.”
“The more types of thinking
you have to do, the more skills you can bring to
a scientific problem,” Cech adds. “You
grow the most when you’re hit by something
from a different direction.”
In this issue of WM Online, some
of the College’s most accomplished scientists
tell us how the liberal arts shaped their education
and careers as scientists—the pros and cons
of doing science in a liberal arts community.