Natural sciences are a lot like premium sports

Article authors Competition does not benefit science (27/7) They are not, I suppose, practitioners of the natural or exact sciences. There are indeed many similarities between these sciences and major sports – a comparison made by NWO President Marcel Levy that has been criticized by the authors cited in their article. Just as in sports, credit is given to the first to finish the ball, in exact and natural sciences, credit is given to the first to discover something: Archimedes’ law, Kepler and Newton’s laws, Van Mendel’s laws, Einstein’s theory of relativity, etc. The priority of major contributions has been the primary criterion for judging scientists in the natural sciences for more than two millennia. I don’t know how to judge the quality of the natural world. Should I give credit to Mr. Claassen, who discovered Archimedes’ law quite independently yesterday, after more than two thousand years, and to the professorship? Another aspect of the natural sciences that is very similar to higher sports is: teamwork. A team of scientists perfectly harmonize with each other, complement each other and work together perfectly, in many ways resembles a football team in which players play together perfectly, pass the ball to each other in time, complement each other’s abilities and thus manage to score many goals.

Any scientist who has worked on such a team and helped make significant progress in their field thanks to such teamwork knows how wonderful it is to work in such a “winning team”. Everyone who has tried this remembers that wonderful time with nostalgia. Just like the athletes who were on the “Winning Team”, they remember the great time their team scored great goals. Marcel Levy was right: if all goes well, science can already be compared to the highest levels of sport.

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