According to E.O. Wilson of The Wall Street Journal, the real success behind a scientist's discoveries come from ideas, not number crunching.
This imbalance is especially the case in biology, where factors in a real-life phenomenon are often misunderstood or never noticed in the first place. The annals of theoretical biology are clogged with mathematical models that either can be safely ignored or, when tested, fail. Possibly no more than 10% have any lasting value. Only those linked solidly to knowledge of real living systems have much chance of being used.
If your level of mathematical competence is low, plan to raise it, but meanwhile, know that you can do outstanding scientific work with what you have. Think twice, though, about specializing in fields that require a close alternation of experiment and quantitative analysis. These include most of physics and chemistry, as well as a few specialties in molecular biology.
Newton invented calculus in order to give substance to his imagination. Darwin had little or no mathematical ability, but with the masses of information he had accumulated, he was able to conceive a process to which mathematics was later applied.
|Study: People Make Better Long Term Decisions When They Really, REALLY Have to Pee|
|Reprogramming White Blood Cells to Kill Cancer|
|View the Northern Lights|
|Myth: Humans Celebrate Diversity and Respect the Point of View of Others|
|Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Effect|
|“Astronomers have sent a radio message to a neighbouring star system.”|
|“The homemade airplane does indeed fly!”|
|“A fraudster poses as an attractive woman and encourages a man to masturbate in front of a webcam.”|
|“Semis, not personal cars, are the smartest use of autonomous technology.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Facebook has contributed to, and profited from, the erosion of democratic norms in the United States.”|
|“The education industry as a whole is a con.”|
|Short Story of Similar Objects|
|“The way we produce energy today is deadly.”|