It's just insatiable curiosity, nothing more. All I ever wanted as birthday or Christmas presents were books, preferably encyclopaedias. I couldn't have had any career other than in science, as that was really the only way I could make a living from being insatiably curious.
It's a very mixed blessing, though, as a lot of people don't really want to understand, or even know, how the world around them works. It can infuriate SWMBO, especially when I do an experiment to find something out or prove something already known.
I remember once disagreeing about the rate of cooling of a cup of tea. She said "don't put the milk in mine yet, I'll add it later as I like my tea hot". I, quite innocently replied that the tea would remain hotter for longer if the milk went in first, to lower the initial temperature and reduce the initial heat loss rate. I set up an experiment in the kitchen, with two thermometers and two identical cups, filling one with tea without milk, which was added a couple of minutes later, and the other with tea with milk. I read the thermometers every minute and plotted the cooling curves. Sure enough, just as Newton had shown centuries earlier, the cup that had the milk added later had cooled to a lower temperature after 15 minutes, with that additional heat loss occurring in the first couple of minutes before the milk was added.
Edited by joiner, 03 February 2016 - 08:54 AM.
"w" added to "as" to make, da da, "was"