The Future of Science

  • Frederick Seitz


Let us attempt to look forward. As has been emphasized in preceding chapters, the two major influences upon society emerging from the evolution of science are conceptual enlightenment and technical innovation. Both are equally important in their ways. Science has shed a clear light of understanding on many aspects of the physical and biological world that were once deemed to be mysterious and potential objects for superstitious beliefs. On the technical side, it has provided radically new ways of improving classical technologies in fields such as agriculture, medicine, mechanical engineering and metallurgy. Still further and at least as important, scientific research has made it possible to generate entirely new areas of technology such as those linked to chemistry, electromagnetic devices, electronics, information processing and nuclear energy. All are essentially indispensable to modern life.


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Seitz
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  1. 1.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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