Science and scientific knowledge can be compared to the wheel

Science and scientific knowledge can be compared to the wheel – one of those inventions that, despite its simplicity, changed the world. Without science, as without the wheel, there would be no world we are used to. Without the wheel, movement is impossible, and without science, the development of civilization is impossible. Archimedes exclaimed: “Give me a fulcrum and I will turn the Earth over!”, so science is always looking for and finding new fulcrum that «turn the world over”. The world is now facing a moment, when these fulcrum are extremely urgent and important.

Dr. Elena Makisha
Deputy Director for Science of the Institute of Economics, Management and Information Systems in Construction and Real Estate
Lecturer of Department of Information Systems, Technologies and Automation in Construction, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), Russia



What can you do if you find your own research inappropriate?

There exists a popular misconception that scientists commonly pursue every passion driving them, but unfortunately it rarely works that way. We can describe our areas of expertise as deep and narrow at the same time, and launching a new project isn’t as easy as simply making a choice. Even if we have a brilliant idea about something directly related to the field of study, practical constraints, equipment and resources availability, funding, legal regulations can make it impossible to commence immediately.

What can you do if you find your own research inappropriate? Start poking around and try to realize that even if the research you’ve been doing seems irrelevant, it has taught you some lessons that can be applied to other, more compelling problems. Figure out what those problems are and then start steadily working toward solving them.

Prof. Dr. Alla Sokolova
Deputy Director for Science of the Institute of Basic Education, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), Russia

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