Wonder and the ends of inquiry
A marvel that stops us in our tracks becomes only an apparent marvel once explained. "Therein lies the paradox of wonder: it is the beginning of inquiry (Descartes remarks that people deficient in wonder 'are ordinarily quite ignorant'), but the end of inquiry also puts an end to wonder." Lorraine Daston considers in The Point magazine the consequences that transformations of wonder have for scientific inquiry.
From The Point