An Admission of Ignorance

by Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

An admission of ignorance
may well be a step to a new discovery.




Note: Today is the birthday of scientist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin who discovered while still in graduate school that stars are made largely of the two lightest chemical elements – hydrogen and helium; she was born in 1900. When Celia was eight, she decided to become a scientist. She had been walking in an orchard when she suddenly recognized a plant she had heard her mother describe – the plant that looks like a bumble: the bee orchid.

As featured on
The Daily Gardener podcast:

Words inspired by the garden are the sweetest, most beautiful words of all.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

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