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Finding beauty in your work might not be irrelevant to the quest your are pursuing

Finding beauty in your work might not be irrelevant to the quest your are pursuing Finding beauty in your work might not be irrelevant to the quest your are pursuing
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Interviewer: Let me take a quick digression. One of the things that I've been interested in is to what extent scientists use visualization in their work, whether it is important to visualize a problem that you are working on or not. Does visualization play any role in your own work?

Rubin: I'm not sure I understand [...]

Yes, so at this very low, fundamental, observing level, sure. I sometimes ask myself whether I would be studying galaxies if they were ugly. I really do, and I'm not sure. I mean I see ugly bugs. My garden is full of slugs. I sometimes think, well, maybe if I started studying them, they wouldn't appear [to be so ugly]. I battle the slugs because they ruin the flowers. I don't know. I put that at the other extreme. I think it may not be irrelevant that galaxies are really very attractive.

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Source : Oral History Interviews, Vera Rubin, April 3, 1989, American Institute of Physics

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