• Question: How has science affected your life?

    Asked by Emma to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 13 Nov 2014.
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      James Sullivan answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      Hi Emma,

      Science has affected everything we all do.

      The food we eat, the cars we drive, the materials we use when we’re making stuff etc,
      Prehistoric man was using science when he learned how to make fire, or breed docile farm animals, or paint caves, or plant seeds.

      Every advance that civilization has made (good and bad) has been because of an advance in science, discovering the wheel, making bronze and iron, discovering how to navigate by the stars and using a compass, printing, medicines, agriculture, harnessing electricity, making computers, rockets, televisions etc are all from advances in science.

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      Francesca Paradisi answered on 13 Nov 2014:

      I think being a scientist puts you in a particular frame of mind which you then apply in all the things you do. For example I am very analytical and like to understand things, I am not easily fobbed off by an answer if I find it superficial, so I keep asking till I get a better answer. Or I am quite careful about products i buy and check what’s in them and even where are they made. And finally I am very proactive when there is a problem of any kind, I have to find a solution and will not let go till I’m satisfied the problem is sorted or that I have tried everything and it’s simply not solvable.

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      George Dowson answered on 14 Nov 2014:

      I totally agree with Francesca. Science teaches you critical thinking and some basic rules that cannot be broken. So if someone tries to sell me an everlasting battery I can tell not only that it’s too good to be true but also WHY it cannot be true!

      I also think it makes you a little adventurous as you want to try new things as experiments but that might just be me!

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      Ahmed Osman answered on 17 Nov 2014:

      Dear Emma,
      thanks for this fabulous question
      I think our life is science from the time you wake up at the morning till you go to the bed at night, you practice science all the day. so when you eat, the food in your stomach react like chemicals and there are more examples in your life that science affect it. science learn you the basics of everything happening in the world