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E.O. Wilson, also known as the “the father of sociobology”, is one of the world’s most esteemed and controversial scientists and a 2-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize . In this essay, Charles Chu explores several ideas from Wilson’s book that stopped him, changed him, challenged him, and made him think. "Theory alone is not enough. "To have a eureka moment requires hard work. And focus. A distinguished researcher once commented to me that a real scientist is someone who can think about a subject while talking to his or her spouse about something else.” To make discoveries, we need to get our hands dirty. We need to go out into the world, peek under mossy rocks, build machines that we suspect might never work, and get our trousers dirty while wading through muddy waters.' "