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Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Cook@Tahiti

Science is progressing faster and faster.

How many revolutions of understanding have occurred this century? More planets & stars aren't revolutions - that's just "botany".

Where's the relativity & quantum revolutions that we had a century ago? e.g. the age of horse superseded by the age of the car and then the plane and then the jet and then the supersonic jet, and... In the 1960s, the USA started putting people in space. Now it can't. It just shut down it's biggest particle accelerator. What's happening with the Higgs Boson or genomic medicine or artificial Intelligence or understanding of consciousness? We still don't know what 96% of the universe is made of.

All this, despite more R&D dollars and more science PhDs than ever before.

I think it was about the 1970s that the intervals between MAJOR revolutions in science & technological started to become less frequent. The discovery of Dark Energy and the Internet have been the big ones in last 40 years, but compared to the first 40 years of the 20th century, it's not that much.

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:14:50 UTC | #880325