Question: scientists have devoted their lifes to the well being of the world and people. they say necicesety is the mother of all inventions what do you have that we want. something that will improve our everyday lives is it really worth it?
Hi @adityaking, this is certainly a lofty question!
Although I think I’ll begin by disagreeing with you if I may. I don’t think that scientists go to work everyday expecting to enhance the wellbeing of the world. For most of us, the sum total of our careers is contributing a tiny piece of knowledge to science rather than making huge breakthroughs that you hear about in the media. Therefore, the reason I go to work in the morning is because I really enjoy what I do, and that makes any inconvenience or sacrifice worth while.
I’m with Jemma on this one. Science is about the progression of knowledge. Groundbreaking is a term very rarely used. We have an amount of knowledge on a subject and as we work, we gradually, together, just nudge the boundaries of this knowledge a little further out.
It’s a bit similar to my £5 per month donation to Oxfam. It’s hardly going to feed the starving masses but it’s a small contribution and my small contribution over many years, added to the (often bigger) contribution of others over many years, will very gradually move us forward.