Imagination is the highest form of research.
– Albert Einstein
It was not too long ago I wrote here about how I am discovering that I’m creative and I somehow don’t have a scientific mind. My words have been bothering me ever since I wrote them. Even though I wrote them in the sense that perhaps I may be creative in the artistic approach, I hope to not have dishonoured any scientific minds out there because the truth is that hardcore scientists are really and truly creative.
I know this all too well, I studied a scientific degree at university. I’ll admit that my current job does not involve being in a laboratory mixing different liquids to see what happens. Goodness no. I was pretty bad at that in the laboratory sessions. I’m sure I would make something explode. Maybe another Big Bang. That might be fun. The truth was I always thought the first person to think up that for example the blue liquid with the pink liquid would produce a certain reaction must have been a creative genius. I would have never understood where to start.
Here are a few quick samples of creative scientific ideas that have changed our thinking so greatly that they are now commonplace today:
The earth is round: Copernicus was the one who is usually credited to have changed the idea of the earth being flat to it being round. Actually, long before he did, others such as Plato had already made such observations, such as how shadows would fall on the earth or the shape of the shadow of the earth onto the moon. Pythagoras made some calculations that proved that the earth is round, though the church didn’t take his calculations into esteem. Whatever the case, from the fact that we walk on flat ground to proving the earth was round must have taken some creative thinking.
The discovery of penicillin: The official story of the discovery of penicillin was that Alexander Fleming discovered it accidentally. No matter how accidental, I do think that realising the existence of antibiotics within in accident must have been pretty creative.
The discovery of DNA: The discovery of Deoxyribnucleic acid (aka DNA), as you can imagine, did not occur overnight. Watson and Crick are usually credited for the discovery, though within the discovery team there was also a woman, Rosalind Franklin, who is less well known for it because she didn’t win the Nobel Prize because she died before it was awarded and it can only be awarded to live people. The complex details of how DNA was discovered is, well, so complex that I won’t even go there. You can read about it here, here or here. What I can say is that there were many creative minds in the process of putting all the pieces together towards its discovery.
Talking about creativity, I’m lacking it in my jam photography department. I think all my jam photos look the same. I’ll try and improve next time…
Strawberry, Raspberry and Chia Seed Jam
This jam was a complete pleasure to make. What a huge difference does pectin rich ingredients make. And chia seeds too, let’s not forget and be grateful to the chia seeds! I keep on wanting to write special post on pectin, but I’ll continue to leave that for another day when I have better clarity of mind. Procrastinating?
Ingredients (makes about 1 1/2 jars)
500g strawberries, 125g raspberries, juice of 1/2 lemon, juice of 1/2 orange juice, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Wash all of the fruit.
Cut the strawberries into smallish pieces. Put into a large saucepan long with the lemon juice and orange juice. Bring to boil for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring down to low heat. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the strawberries have more or less dissolved.
Add the raspberries. Continue cooking and stirring for a few minutes on low heat. Add the sugar. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes on low heat. Add the chia seeds. Continue cooking and stirring for about 10 minutes.
Pour into sterilised jars.