You know, as a scientist, you want to figure something out.
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The Snowflake Mystery - "I've done a lot of my career in astronomy and astrophysics. Nobody ever asks you what it's good for, I mean, never. Not even once did anyone say, 'What are those black holes gonna be used for?' No, 'Saturn's rings, why do you care about Saturn's rings? What's the motivation for studying Saturn?' nobody asks that. Every time I give a talk, people are like, 'What are you doing? What on earth is this for?' I'll tell you the real reason, the real reason that I got into this. You look at a snowflake and you kind of go, 'Um, actually, (laughs) we don't have any idea how that works.' Well, that doesn't work. We have to know how that works, dammit!"
- The Thermodynamics of Collapse - "What can the laws of physics teach us about our economy and civilisation? How can snowflakes model economic decline?"
- How old is the Earth? - "How one man's relentless pursuit of a deep truth about the Earth led to an obsession that really changed the very air we breathe."
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