Many of you heard me planning to go  to the Great American Eclipse ….well…we made it.

It was an awesome experience, as you’ve heard from many quarters, and I would echo those reports, but even stronger in me was my feeling of a connection to those discoverers in the past (ancient and more modern), as well as the every day scientists who develop knowledge and determine the nature of our universe with such precision, that the entire event was understood and timed to such accuracy.

I like to tell patients that I am a Hopkins-trained medical scientist, and that connects me to the scientists of the past and present, who use knowledge to gain power over the world we inhabit.   Einstein, Salk, Darwin….these are heroes to me and the eclipse is a validation that the universe is knowable and that those who pursue such knowledge and who share it with us all, give us power to control our destinies.