Science Unshackled: How Obscure, Abstract, Seemingly Useless Scientific Research Turned Out to Be the Basis for Modern Life

Science Unshackled: How Obscure, Abstract, Seemingly Useless Scientific Research Turned Out to Be the Basis for Modern Life

C. Renée James


Why on the planet are we buying all this "basic" study? the reply to this question turns into transparent during this romp during the "seemingly useless" international of natural technology, the place something ends up in one other in ways in which bring about significant medical advancements.

With a novelistic variety, C. Renée James finds how imprecise reports of ordinary phenomena—including curved space-time, toxic cone snails, exploding black holes, and the ideal chemical make-up of the sun—led all of sudden to WiFi, GPS, genetic sequencing, ache medicines, and melanoma remedies. technological know-how Unshackled brings either technology and scientists to existence and indicates how basic interest can lead to life-changing breakthroughs.

Scientists engaged in uncomplicated study, funded largely via governments worldwide and through the centuries, by no means understand whilst exploring small questions could have huge affects. yet, via following the clinical approach, disciplined inquiry may end up in wondrous and functional discoveries that profit we all in any case. the following time a person asks you why "the government" wastes its funds on bizarre examine, keep in mind the fascinating tales James has instructed and inform them the reply.

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