“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
February 19th, 2017 marked Boston’s Stand Up for Science rally. Held in historic Copley Square, members and supporters of the scientific community gathered to protest the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the field. Away from the front lines, I expressed my solidarity by spending the day at the Museum of Science, Boston, one of the city’s most popular attractions.
With school vacation underway, the museum was packed with visitors of all ages excited to experience a world of discovery and education.
The visit began with Da Vinci-The Genius. Running through February 26th, the exhibition explores Leonardo da Vinci’s groundbreaking contributions to society such as through art, engineering, and mathematics. From testing out the Vitruvian Man principle in measuring human proportion to uncovering secrets of the Mona Lisa, visitors have the opportunity to dissect his brilliance.
Another exhibit worth seeing is the Hall of Human Life, an interactive look into the human body. Incorporating Link stations throughout the hall, guests can apply their own personal data in numerous activities and draw live results. My favorite part is the How Efficient is Your Walk? station which tracks the number of calories burned while walking down the runway, showing that even the most routine action can be tested, measured, and analyzed.
Amidst all the fun, I was reminded of how much science teaches us about ourselves and the world we live in. No matter the political party, the quest for truth and reliable data should unite all citizens for the common good. In the age of advancement, it’s essential to honor the innovators of the past and encourage the minds of the future.
What role has science played in your life? Should institutions like the Museum of Science, Boston host open forums to understand the recent wave of skepticism from the government? Share below!