It is science that does us good or does it bring disaster?
It is science that
does us good or does it bring disaster?
To answer the question whether
science does us good or does it brings disaster isn’t a simple task. We should
take into consideration many facts. On the one hand a lot of outstanding
discoveries made the life of the people more comfortable and pleasant. Without
scientific discoveries and inventions no progress would be possible. Thanks to
discovery of electricity we can listen to the radio, watch TV, see films,
people learned how to produce steel and metal alloys – now we use railways and
Development of chemistry led to new
synthetic fibers and people got more clothing and food. People learned to use
scientific achievements in curing incurable earlier diseases.
But on the other hand such
outstanding discoveries of the 20th century as atom fission led to creation of
the weapons of mass destruction. We should say that science has a potential for
both good and evil.
Alfred Nobel invented a new
explosive (dynamite) to improve the peacetime industries of road building, but
saw it used as a weapon of war to kill and injure his fellow men.
He was born in Stockholm on October
21st 1833, but moved to Russia with his parents in1842. Most of the family
returned to Sweden in 1859, where Alfred began his own study of explosives in
his father’s laboratory. He had never been to school or university, but had
studied privately and by the time he was 20 was a skillful chemist and
excellent linguist, speaking Russian, English, German, French and Swedish. He
was very imaginative and inventive.
His greatest wish, however, was to
see an end to wars, and thus between nations, and he spent much time and money
working for this cause, until his death in 1896. His famous will in which he
left money to provide prizes for outstanding discoveries in Physics, Chemistry,
Physiology, Medicine, Literature and Peace, is a memorial to his interests and
Medical men use laser to cure and
investigate diseases and the same time laser can be used for destruction.
Achievements of biology and
chemistry are also used to cause damage to people.
All this shows that science can take
good forms and evil forms. What form does it take depends on the way people
work with science. It is impossible to stop progress, to stop people to
investigate and explore the world. But people should care it wouldn’t be led in
Scientists need you thinking in a
new much broader way than before. In this respect the education and cultural
level are of great importance. They have to influence politicians, warn them of
possible effects of using new discoveries. Scientists and politicians think
that it’s their responsibility for not using scientific developments to cause
damage and destruction. There is a lot of work to be done in this direction.
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