Today the New York Times celebrates the 25th Anniversary Issue of the Science Times. It features 25 questions such as Does Science Matter? and What Is the Most Important Problem in Math Today? (Hint: It's not P versus NP).
I'll end this post with a quote from the essay of Alan Lightman:
All of the scientists I've known have at least one quality in common: they do what they do because they love it, and because they cannot imagine doing anything else. In a sense, this is the real reason a scientist does science. Because the scientist must. Such a compulsion is both blessing and burden. A blessing because the creative life, in any endeavor, is a gift filled with beauty and not given to everyone, a burden because the call is unrelenting and can drown out the rest of life.