Why Is Science SO Important?

Essay by folkloreJunior High, 8th gradeA-, January 2004

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Science has been vastly underrated. It is what separates us from the primitive, ignorant people we were centuries ago - people that thought weather was controlled by multiple gods and who simply relied on ineffective prayer to cure the diseased. It's a huge part of common sense as well. As children, humans learn to cope with gravity - whether the learning experience comes from a nasty fall or a game of catch. An entire other class of science is technology. How have we developed from whalebone tools to digital objects? How have we gone from 'hoofing it' to using airplanes and rockets? It is because great minds expanded on what they already knew about the world to form more convenient ways of living. Science is a forever growing, changing study that intrigues many.

Firstly, what would life be like without medicine and hygienic products? Even young children have learned how to apply band-aids, brush their teeth, and groom themselves, while Queen Elizabeth I of medieval England only took four baths in her lifetime - and was considered 'clean'! Most English villagers had never taken a single bath in their entire lives.

By learning how the human body works, we have also discovered that we are immune to many diseases that wiped out many Native Americans when America was first discovered, including chicken pox. By saving so many lives, our current population growth rate is over 1% a year - we are experiencing a population explosion.

Secondly, what could be more unappreciated than electricity? It runs everything from public transportation to life support machines. In a recent electricity blackout in the northeastern area of the U.S., many were dumped out of metro cars and onto the streets. In 8 states, the temporary blackout left victims without running water and forced...