Why science still needs its heroes
The lone genius may be a romantic invention, but we need their stories if we are to inspire the public.
‘No more heroes any more,” went the punk anthem, and last week the eminent Cambridge physicist Athene Donald argued in this newspaper that this is especially true in the world of science. Progress today, she says, does not come about through the insights of great men or women working alone, but via the systematic collaboration of hundreds, or even thousands, of researchers.
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Why science still needs its heroes

The lone genius may be a romantic invention, but we need their stories if we are to inspire the public.

‘No more heroes any more,” went the punk anthem, and last week the eminent Cambridge physicist Athene Donald argued in this newspaper that this is especially true in the world of science. Progress today, she says, does not come about through the insights of great men or women working alone, but via the systematic collaboration of hundreds, or even thousands, of researchers.

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