Exuberant Quotes (2 quotes)
Abstract as it is, science is but an outgrowth of life. That is what the teacher must continually keep in mind. Let him explain science is not a dead systemthe excretion of a monstrous pedantismbut really one of the most vigorous and exuberant phases of human life.
This brings me to the final point of my remarks, the relation between creativity and aging, a topic with which I have had substantial experience. Scientific research, until it has gone through the grueling and sometimes painful process of publication, is just play, and play is characteristic of young vertebrates, particularly young mammals. In some ways, scientific creativity is related to the exuberant behavior of young mammals. Indeed, creativity seems to be a natural characteristic of young humans. If one is fortunate enough to be associated with a university, even as one ages, teaching allows one to contribute to, and vicariously share, in the creativity of youth.