I remember asking an acquaintance to read the book. He said he liked it, except for the fact that there was no definitive answer to the question posed in the book’s title. When I was doing research for the book, I actually thought that not having an answer would be a problem. But then I remembered that many scientific questions don’t have answers at first. It’s only after rigorous research, followed by the reproduction of results, do answers start becoming conclusive. There typically aren’t cookie-cutter answers to science’s most pressing questions. Not only that, but when scientists think they’ve made a discovery, other scientists are going to redo their experiments to see if they get the same results. Only then does something become widely adopted as scientific fact. It made me realize that perhaps my book was more important than I initially thought. So many kids book finish with a neatly manicured conclusion. Science doesn’t work that way.
I’d really like more Black kids to enter the STEM fields, since STEM is the future. I want them to also understand that STEM isn’t easy. I figure the younger they learn this, the better.