Scientific Inquiry

Most scientists are explorers at heart and get excited most about discovery. This scientific inquiry or exploring can take many forms, but almost always starts with a question, and then proceeds with testing a logical answer to the question in a way that someone else can understand, repeat for themselves, and judge. The formal name for this is the Scientific Method.

Many discoveries are the results of many different contributions from many different people. The discovery of the structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, is an example. They had several clues to the structure thanks to the work of scientists like Johann Miescher (who discovered DNA in 1869), Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkens and Irwin Chargaff. 

Watson and Crick finally solved the riddle of the DNA by using a physical model. This model-making approach was key to their success when they realized, as students who play “Info-attainment” will, that only a twisted ladder will join all the parts securely. Its lesson is that you can employ all of your talents in the pursuit of science and discovery, including spatial thinking, intuition and imagination.