Science is a subject that tells us how the world works. From gargantuan celestial bodies to minuscule atomic particles, the laws of physics don’t ever change. From an academic perspective, physics unlocks valuable opportunities such as jobs with considerable pay packages. It enables the learning of fundamental concepts, upon which, future generations will live off of.
And all this progress is the result of hardly 600 decades or less. Concepts such as the Photoelectric effect was conceptualized over 130 years ago. Inventions such as the first powered flight were created less than 115 years ago. Today, we are able to send man and machine into the vast reaches of space. Currently (2018), the Voyager 1 is more than 13 billion miles from earth, the furthest ever that a man-made object has travelled.
Bane To Betterment
However, not all concepts in science were used for the betterment of society. Atomic energy was touted as the next, potentially self-sustaining, limitless source of energy that could run entire future generations. But none of this had come to fruition as the context in which it was discovered was unfavourable. So what was the outcome of this discovery? – Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 70 years after this event, atomic energy has transformed from a weapon of war into a reliable and efficient source of energy that has incited the discovery or invention of newer, and even more exotic forms of energy.
Imagine a trip to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri – which is 4.22 light years away from Earth. Even if we had earth’s fastest spacecraft, it would still take over 81,000 years. And the fuel necessary for this spacecraft would be insurmountable to carry onboard. However, exotic forms of energy powering a new, hypothetical spacecraft could reduce the travel time considerably, enough to visit the nearest star within the span of a single human lifetime.
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