The B-Team: The A-Team was Busy


Six men in suits sitting on chairs, smiling and laughing.

Scientists of the Manhattan Project Image Source: Wikipedia

Science itself, is a very social subject. Sometimes experiments are being conducted by teams of Scientists, pushing the boundaries of science itself. Those are the A-Teams of Science. Most scientists are those B-Listers. And by that, I mean no disrespect. I simply mean that many scientists, if not the majority of them, shall not receive massive recognition. Me and my group would be considered B-List scientists if not lower. But that doesn’t stop us from doing science, no matter how flawed or bad out methods may be. And with that ringing endorsement, we move on to my main idea: That Science is far more efficient and is done much better when working with other scientists.

As I stated above, science in and of itself is a very social subject. You see it all the time on the silver screen. There is always a group of scientists that create some sort of horrible virus or monster. The experiment we were told to conduct by our Teacher could not have been accomplished by just one person. To do it by yourself would not only take forever, but it would at times be extremely frustrating. Imagine if the Manhattan Project was only one scientist. He would’ve gone nuts! Think how long it would’ve taken for one man to come up with all the calculations for the Large Hadron Collider! Science always needs more than one pair of eyes, it just depends on when the eyes see it. Like, you can do small scale experiments by yourself (does water clean better than olive oil, etc.), but then you have to present your findings to a group. That way they can conduct their own experiments and further solidify or disprove you hypothesis or theory.

But then there are large scale experiments that may require a small group of perhaps five people. If four scientists agree on something, the fifth may see something the others don’t. That’s the beauty of working as a group; More brains, double the eyes. More brains equals more ideas, more eyes means more mistakes are seen and rectified. This adds to the efficiency of the experiment, and can add to its accuracy. This happened several times in my group during our experiment. When I would get confused, or if another member wasn’t sure on how we would do things, one or all of us would explain to the odd man out and we were able to push on with our worm collection.