Wednesday, 16 July 2014

New Scientist

Science is a word that’s has many meanings; one might say science is the sum total of our knowledge of the Universe, the great library of the known, but the practice of science happens at the border between the known and the unknown.

The scientific project is ultimately modest: it doesn’t seek universal truths and it doesn’t seek absolutes, it simply seeks to understand – and therein lies its power and value.

Science has given us the modern world, of that there can be no doubt. It has improved our lives beyond measure; increased life expectancy, decreased child mortality, eradicated many diseases and rendered many more important. It has given many of us the gift of time, freed us from the drudgery of mere survivaland allowed us to open our minds to explore. Science is therefore a virtuous circle; it’s discoveries creating more time and wealth.