2013 Essay Prompt
“A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them
see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation
grows up that is familiar with it.”
- Max Planck
The scientific discoveries that have had the most impact in society have often faced
scrutiny when they were first proposed. Records of scrutiny date from the great
Galileo, who was subject to heresy, to the proposal of modern inventions, such as
Google glass, which was initially deemed insignificant.
Please discuss the importance of breaking conventions in the proposal of
innovative scientific ideas. Support your argument with examples. Potentially
propose your own novel idea that may not be readily accepted by the scientific
community but may have a lasting impact on society.