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← Para-naturalistic theories cannot lead to practical engineering

ShadowMind's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by ShadowMind

In the vein of "purposes of scientific endeavours", my favourite example is the laser. When it was first developed in th 1960s, there were no practical applications at all for a nice coherent red dot of light.
How could those scientists have foreseen:
Optical data storage
Eye surgery
Measuring the distance to the moon
Metal machining
Inertial confinement fusion
Hair removal
LIDAR
and many more besides...

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:21:23 UTC | #950300