Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. These two concepts are both important. But knowledge without imagination is barren. Creative ideas, cool new things and discovering the world are coming from creative imagination. That’s why science needs imagination too. There are lots of reasons why imagination is essential in the field of science.
According to Dictionary.com, Science is a systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation. Science has several steps that must follow and it is called the scientific method. Scientists use the scientific method to collect data, empirical evidence in an experiment related to a hypothesis and the results aiming to support or contradict a theory. These steps cannot be done without the help of our imagination.
Imagination is necessary for the process of understanding science in its results and understanding it on a wider scale. Imagining at the first place allows us to choose a topic for the research, ask questions that need to be answered and much more. According to Martin Thoma, CS and math student, there are processes that considered to be creative. These are the following:
- Imagining a hypothesis explains some observations eventually something nobody has ever thought of,
- Imagining tests that allow confirming the hypothesis, and lastly
- Imagining tests that would falsify the hypothesis.
With the help of our imagination and ideas, each one of us can be a scientist or someone who can contribute to the world of science.
Aside from Einstein’s famous quotation, he also mentioned that “Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress and giving birth to evolution”. This statement can give us an idea that imagination can stimulate our creativity and innovation. In fact, many scientists made their contribution because of their creativity, innovation and of course their curiosity to our world. Like Sir Isaac Newton for his Law of Motion, Einstein’s Specific and General Theory of Relativity, Thomas Edison for his invention of the incandescent light bulb and etc.
To sum it up, imagination is essential because it helps us to understand the value of the process of science and, to understand nature and its mysteries. Without imagination, science would never have existed. It is everywhere in every invention and allows us to question everything we doubt. So, as much as you can always imagine and think outside the box.