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Curiosity and Insightful Questions in Research

            Innovations that exist are partly due to human curiosity and the constant urge to answer insightful questions. Throughout many years of scientific research, there have been many technological and methodical changes towards scientific breakthroughs. Curiosity has inspired scientists to discover the elements that encompass the Periodic Table, the processes in which plants perform photosynthesis, and the intermolecular forces that interact with one another. Even Einstein said, "I have no special talents, I am just passionately curious." In recent years, however, there has been a greater demand for science, technology, and engineering fields.
             The American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science." Man's spark for curiosity has allowed for inspiration in scientific exploration throughout the years. I indubitably agree that human curiosity and wonder has allowed the mind to make inquires, which ultimately lead to new discoveries in all aspects of scientific research. An example of this spark of curiosity, that ultimately led to the discovery of the structure of DNA, can be read in, "The Double Helix," written by James Watson. In this book, James Watson accounts for how he and his other fellow scientists discovered the structure of DNA. At a young age, James describes how his interests in birds switched suddenly to genetics after reading Erwin Schrodinger's book, "What is Life?" James' curiosity for the meaning of life made him persistent to find the molecule that was responsible for transmitting genetic information. As his research progressed, he became fascinated with the idea that, if the molecule and the structure of DNA were fully understood, then one would be able to evaluate how genetic information is passed between people and cells. In 1962, James Watson and two other scientists won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

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