Going where the science matters

Man looking at younger self
Credit: Robert Neubecker

Not long ago, I was a tenured professor on a sabbatical at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. One winter morning, reflecting on why we scientists work as hard as we do, I identified three primary drivers: curiosity, ambition, and idealism. We chase interesting problems, wherever they lead. We’re a competitive lot, with career advancement an important incentive. And we’re compelled by a desire to benefit society. (Read more at Science.)