Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Theory of Everything

I bought the DVD of The Theory of Everything, the film about Steven Hawking. Although, this film is based on his life, some parts were obviously dramatised to make it more cinematic. However, I cannot praise this film enough.

Now, when you look at Professor  Hawking, I couldn't imagine his life before his motor neuron disease took hold. I didn't realise that as he was suffering through a diagnosis and a rapid decline in health he battled to gain his doctorate from Cambridge, which started him on the road to decipher the enigmatic concept of time. 

Although this film, was sad in some parts, it was not a tragedy, nor was it a celebration of life, it was a delve deeper into the mind and drive behind Hawking, and a peek at his personal life, which was notoriously hidden from the limelight. 

I'm not a fan of physics, I was good at it, but biology was more my calling, and yet I felt an urge to start looking at physics again in my spare time. Moreover, it has really helped to solidfy my want to do a PhD. Seeing a passion like Stephen's is contagious, I want that level of knowledge and understanding and love of a particular subject area. I want that..

'Science is not only a discipline of reason but also one of romance and passion'  

It's a bumpy ride along the road to discovery!

We always hear of the accidental scientific breakthroughs, take for instance Alexander Flemming and penicillin. This for one has always struck me as being extremely lucky, I always thought that if such a vital drug could be found in such a lackadaisical manner,it makes sense that if you work really hard for a long period of time on one subject, then you are bound to see a new finding on the horizon.

I was wrong.

Very wrong.

Time is a concept which science does not abide by.

I've been working on a singular protein for almost a year now and there hasn't been any glimmers of hope. No eureka moments and no definite answers. It's not to say that I have completely abandoned hope. But I've realised now that science is not just a straight path to the answer, in fact it is a winding one. One that moves you one step forward and three steps back. Nevertheless I think persistence is key.

(I'm still awaiting my eureka moment!)