The Importance of Discovering Small Thing

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Dana Tulodziecki, one of our residents philosophers of science, was interviewed by NPR about the significance of some apparently “small” discoveries. She brings as an example the importance of washing hands to prevent infections:

“Today we know that one of the easiest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself from the cold, flu, and other respiratory illnesses (including those like the novel coronavirus) is to wash your hands. But there was a time when that wasn’t so obvious. Dana Tulodziecki, a professor at Purdue University, tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, the scientist who’s credited with discovering the importance of handwashing. We’ll hear how he figured it out and why there’s more to the story.”

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