Finalist of the category: Exceptional young scientist in Slovakia under the age of 35

Matúš Hyžný

Reconstruction of evolution based on fosssils

He focuses on the reconstruction of evolutionary events based on fossils. He says that science has a built-in self-correcting mechanism, when he does not hesitate to abandon ideas that no longer correspond to observations. There is no other type of thinking with as much self-reflection as science. He appreciates modern polyhistors who are able to connect the currently fragmented world with their thoughts. According to him, we live in times when the human civilization is incredibly fragile.