Unexplained Science: What Scientists Still Don’t Understand

Matthew Stanley – New York University

Scientists like to talk more about what they know than what they don’t know – things they are sure about rather than the mysteries. Hundreds of years of discoveries and insights are good reasons for this. But it is the unknowns at the edge of science that drive some of the most exciting research being done today. We do not know if we are alone in the universe, what the nature of consciousness is, where life came from, or why you are made of protons and electrons.

Those persistent mysteries and things we don’t understand, rather than causing us to question science, can help us understand how science works. They can help us ask deeper questions about unexplained science, how we know what we know, and why there are some things we don’t.