So, in our classes on Friday I mentioned the question of the role of individuals vs. institutions in driving the Scientific Revolution. Coincidentally, Renaissance Mathematicus has a guest blog post on the question of “hero worship” of scientists (e.g, Galileo the heroic scientist struggling against Church oppression, or Newton the heroic loner working on his own in his study to develop his theory of universal gravitation). Since it seemed so relevant to what come up in class on Friday, I thought I would post a link here. The authro suggests that while the reality of science is not individualistic (“the deepest illusion of the scientists is that science is something that individual scientists do”), the motivation to do science has to be individualistic. You have to imagine yourself as a “scientific hero” to do the work. If you’re interested, you can find the post here.