The research team’s backbreaking work in the HMS challenger vessel marked the birth of modern Oceanography. Discovering Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the oceans, gave rise to more questions. Can other features be found in the Trench? How wide is the gap in the earth’s crust? These questions and the work done in 1872 sparked further research into new technologies to answer these questions. After asking the correct questions and putting in thought, planning and research was Sonar discovered in the early 1900s and perfected in 1940. Sonar, a revolutionary discovery where sound waves are used, gave the answers.
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
How often do the correct questions open the way to methods and ways of finding answers? In academia, we call it research questions. The research question is the compass essential to navigate and steer the research to answer the aim and objectives.
“I call to remembrance my song in the night,
I meditate within my heart,
And my spirit makes diligent search.”
What is troubling you?
Take a pen and a piece of paper and write it down. Next, reword it in one or two questions. Then close your eyes and sit in a quiet space for 5 minutes to think.
With love always,
Author of Teacher on the Mount