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In the Clore Garden of Science, both children and scientists derive pleasure from science-related activities while delighting in the beauty of nature
Science improves our understanding of the world, satisfies our curiosity, and provides fresh challenges, pushing us up the evolutionary ladder. But,as Frank Sinatra once sang - is that all? Actually, it isn't. Beyond these advantages, science is also fun.
Dr. Moshe Rishpon, head of the Weizmann Institute's Youth Activities Section, originator and first director of the recently inaugurated Clore Garden of Science, believes that scientists should share this fun with laymen. Rishpon's ideas recall the Oscar Wilde story about a selfish giant who could not find joy in his garden until he allowed children to play among its trees. Like the giant, the scientists would not enjoy the Garden without the active involvement of the children who revel in a wide variety of stimulating exhibits. In the Clore Garden of Science, both children and scientists derive pleasure from science-related activities while delighting in the beauty of nature.
Placing exhibits in a natural environment, in the open air, takes science out of the closed laboratory and into the public domain. Children who visit the garden may play and cavort around the exhibits instead of tiptoeing silently by. The young in spirit can enjoy learning while playing. And the scientists, who designed the exhibits, can rejoice in sharing with everyone their understanding of the secrets of nature. After all - science is for sharing.