While studying agriculture at The Evergreen State College, the first lecture my professor gave contained an interesting bit of information: scientists have yet to figure out exactly how photosynthesis works. The professor explained that scientists had succeeded in breaking down the process of photosynthesis into a sequence of over 300 individual steps, but even all this failed to provide a complete explanation of how plants convert sunshine into energy. Even with today’s mind-numbingly expensive laboratories, centuries of experimentation with plants, and brilliant scientists, the most fundamental biological process on earth, one that occurs all around us everyday, remains a mystery.
Just something I like to think about from time to time. -John