Modern Science … has attempted by measuring and rechecking to admit as little warp as possible, but still some warp must be there. And in many fields young, inquisitive men [and women] are seeing new worlds. And from their seeing will emerge not only new patterns but new ethics, disciplines, and manners. The upheaval of the present world may stimulate restive minds to new speculations and evaluations. The new eyes will see, will break off new facets of reality.
–John Steinbeck in his foreword to Pacific Tides, 1939