On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.
“Some people don’t get science. They think it is boring. Some people, they think it is boring. They think it’s full of boffins who think they know it all. It’s not like that. Scientists don’t think they know it all. It’s idiots who think they know it all, isn’t it? Scientists are the people who think they don’t know enough. That is why they are scientists because they want to know more at every turn. And every modern scientist, all the greats, they are standing on the shoulders of giants.
What happens is one scientist come up with an idea and all the others go, bloody hell, that’s brilliant. Hey I wonder what would happen if… that’s where their idea comes from.”