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We Discover New Things Every Day | John Richards

We Discover New Things Every Day

We Discover New Things Every Day January 25, 2021

Let’s go backwards in time from this day at the beginning of the third decade of the twenty-first century…

Last year we discovered water on the moon, in 2016 gravitational waves were discovered, 2012 saw the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and before 2010 we didn’t know that Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalis had interbred… 

At the beginning of the last century, we were ignorant about many things including exo-planets, pulsars, quarks, DNA, nuclear fission and the neutron. 

Prior to 1800, we didn’t know about electromagnetism, semiconductors, enzymes, Neptune, the Periodic Table, photoconductivity or why the sky appears to be blue. 

Before the 18th century we had no idea that lightning is electrical, that oxygen exists or how to make a battery. 

Humanity had to wait until the 1600s to find out that the blood circulates, that white light is made of a spectrum and creatures are built of cells.

If we could continue to go back, we would pass by the discovery dates of many other items of information – we would undiscover a multitude of things.

 

Why am I doing this?

 

I’m pointing out that the further you go back, the greater the ignorance of mankind.

 

So, a reasonable question is, why do some people expect to find answers in really old books?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_scientific_discoveries

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