• Question: How does science help the world?

    Asked by demilouise123 to James, Marcus, Martin, Rob, Suzanne on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by simran10.
    • Photo: Martin Zaltz Austwick

      Martin Zaltz Austwick answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      LOTS of ways: curing diseases, building new energy sources, understanding the way we live, sending people into space, looking at the building blocks of matter, making sure there’s evidence for all our important decisions… science is really useful.

    • Photo: Marcus Gallagher-Jones

      Marcus Gallagher-Jones answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Too many ways to list here haha. For starters you wouldn’t have been able to ask us that question if it weren’t for science.

    • Photo: Suzanne McEndoo

      Suzanne McEndoo answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      As the guys say, it’s a big list! It would be easier to list the ways that science doesn’t help the world.

      Science gives us all our technologies, and the software to run on them. It gives us the plastics and other materials we make things out of, and the tools to make them with.

      Without science our houses would be build of stone, wood or reeds. We would only be wearing natural clothes, like sheep’s wool or cotton. We would be cooking over fire, we wouldn’t be able to read after the sun sets. We also wouldn’t be able to talk and share ideas over long distances. Some science is old so we forget that some scientist had to figure it out first. Without science, I wouldn’t be able to call my mum this sunday because I’m in Scotland and she’s in Ireland.