Sunday, May 18, 2008

Science versus accountancy

Recently, I had this interesting conversation with someone who wanted to pursue a career in accountancy. Nothing wrong with that, except that the justification given was a pretty sad one. 

Science/Engineering has not invented/achieved anything - they have not done anything significant or something like that was the point. As if accountancy has - unless of course, you count the creation of double entry book keeping somewhere recently in the 1400s

So, whoever advised you has slept for the last many years while the cellphone made inroads, computers picked up, the internet created its web around the world. Enough said. Surely the Tata Nano was not invented by an accountant?

The difference between Science and Accountancy at a very simplistic level is that in one, you have a non conforming mindset while in another you have a conforming mindset. In one you can question and in one, there are no questions. In one, you have some basic laws and from then on it is a process of discovery - in the other, there is no discovery. What was the last discovery from accountants that advanced the world? Surely, my memory misses something.

Creativity in science leads to stuff like iphone or even micro hydel power . Creativity in accounting, leads to, well Enron. 

Choose any career by all means, but lets not argue that science has not progressed in the world for the last 100 years. 


Ganesh said...

It is a debatable issue.

My view point is that Engineers carry expectations from the world to invent something , but very few are capable of that , is the truth.

But for an accountant , he or she is not expected to invent anything in the world ,only to see that others conform to a trodden path


Anonymous said...

There are two types of people in the world, one of which ensures progress! Which one do you want to be?

Do you want to be the overhead or do you want to be the one that impacts business?

vu2swx said...

I have engineers and accountants in my on family. The perception of both the professions differ. Engineers are more likely to pursue untrodden paths. The accountants, on the other hand tries to rectify problems in the already covered paths.