What I consider science is quite different what is generally considered science and this gap is a wide one.
The vast majority of what is going on under the name of science is irrelevant by my book. A newly discovered star or fish is not science, must be something much bigger. Like continental drift or a (long eluded?) proof of an important theorem.
Science is for people like Galileo, but Leonardo was no scientist. Neither were Edison or Tesla. A Nobel prize winner for physics or chemistry isn’t necessary a scientist either, despite many of them being just that.
I’m guessing that about one thousand scientists have ever lived and they have made the several thousands scientific discoveries discovered so far. Everything else should go under “natural investigations”, technology or “chronicles”.
If you live in a big city or in a small country, chances are that there is currently no scientist alive there. Chances are, that no real scientist has ever been born or lived there.
Why this dichotomy, you ask?
Equalizing Heisenberg and your nephew who is now employed as a scientist at the local institute for something, just isn’t right. For he is struggling to understand what Heisenberg has said. While Heisenberg said something important your nephew doesn’t comprehend or even care.
In the improbable case, that your nephew is or will become a great scientist like Lagrange, I apologize. Even if he has never heard of Heisenberg, even big scientists are only humans.
A small elite of real scientists, with the majority of them dead, must be no alibi for every university professor to say – I am one of them!
He’s not. He is closer to a village mediocre or idiot than to Einstein or Darwin. Much closer, let’s be just! Assuming that your Relativity teacher would eventually discover Relativity by himself, for he apparently understands it very clearly and he was just born too late – is a big mistake. He would have happily remained a Newtonist, had Einstein or some other large figure not been born in time.
When writing the code for your basement or corporate AI, be careful not to make it as smart as your math teacher! It would be nearly useless this way. You have to go after Leibniz smart at least!