"Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth."
- Jules Verne
I love this. I love how it relates to art. Every day for me in the studio is a process of trying things out, ending somewhere to the side of some idea I'd had, trying again and seeing where it leads this time. It's a beautiful thing when following one's nose in this manner leads to some visible, tangible result that works, if only as part of a longer process.
The 'mad scientist' is the one with a preposterous imagination and a willingness to try things. The madder the scientist, the better.