Science is defined as our knowledge of the natural world and the methodology we use to help ourselves understand the universe. With that knowledge, we learn to manipulate energy, master agriculture, create technology, and live better through medicine.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” --Carl Sagan
Scientific Literacy and Scientific Method gives us the framework to realize the potential in our imaginations. Our dreams motivate to discovery; to use the knowledge from our predecessors, then create a new, better reality. The theories tempered by scientific rigor can develop our stream of consciousness, helping to increase our efficiency at work, enhance our entertainment, and satiate our curiosity.
The pursuit of science will help us live longer, eat better, move faster, travel farther, and love longer. We all learned of Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein in school; their marks on science are indelible and now they are household names. These were the rock stars and athlete celebrities of their time. Who are some of the household names in science now? The following is a list of ten influential scientists today making their mark.
10 Stephen Hawking
9 Neil deGrasse Tyson
8 Jane Goodall
7 Steven Chu
6 Craig Venter
5 6. Sumio Iijima
4 Gero Hutter
3 Richard Dawkins
2 Peter Higgs
1 Sir Timothy Berners-Lee
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. As an independent contractor at CERN in the 1980’s, Berners-lee noticed a growing need by scientists to share information from all over the world. By 1991, he had developed and implemented the first successful communication between a Hyper-Text Terminal Protocol (HTTP) server and client. Though the Internet had already existed for years, what we think of and the way we view the Internet came to fruition as a result of his vision and labor.
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