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Megachange: The World in 2050 by John Andrews, Daniel Franklin

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16 What (and where) next for science

Geoffrey Carr

Mankind’s quest for knowledge will enter new territories, explored and captured more by the liberal and disorderly West than the hierarchical East

IN SCIENTIFIC TERMS, the future belongs to biology. As an intellectual discipline, chemistry is exhausted. The periodic table has been extended into realms where the lifetime of atoms is measured in mere seconds, and the fundamental nature of the chemical bond has been elucidated. There will be no more chemical surprises – though there will, one hopes, be lots of practical discoveries.

Physics is only slightly more hopeful. Though there is much still to be learned about the fundamental structure of the universe, the machines needed to do the exploring ...

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