Friday, August 24, 2012

A Renaissance of Amateurs

The most recent Curiosity videos were a forceful reminder of how much we benefit from people doing things for the love of it. This, this and this were all apparently produced by individuals on their own time with no obvious hope of monetary gain.

Amateurs can do great things: Mendel, Darwin, and William and John Herschel were amateurs, whose primary income was not from the work we remember them for.

In the richer world of the 21st century, more people can do more in their spare time for the love of it.

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