Science has gone a long way in improving people’s lives. The human quest for figuring out how things work began with fire – and after mastering it, our ancestors could see at night, cook our food and drive away dangerous predators – a simple piece of knowledge drastically changed the way they lived.
In the following years, thousands of discoveries and inventions made our lives easier, opening up a world of possibilities unimaginable for the previous generations. The rudimentary ideas of mechanics allowed for the invention of wheel, which let humans to move objects – or even themselves – with much more speed an ease than ever before.
Many other transport-related inventions were possible as science progressed – basic knowledge of density and fluid mechanics allowed us to make boats, an invention with single-handedly made intercontinental traveling possible, along with exploring and colonization of the entire planet.
And of course, much later, as aerodynamics became a thing, we could build flying machines – finally conquering not only fire, earth and water, but air too.
As science marched on, we figured out how to grow our own food – developing agriculture and livestock, eliminating the need for us to get our own food or worry about hunting or gathering. Without the need for us to live a nomadic lifestyle so we could live in a specific place.
After that, all sorts of progress were achieved – the knowledge of masonry and the various materials made we go from living in caves to building homes, which would become much sturdier, safer and more comfortable over the years.
So far, science had only presented us with ways to make things easier, faster or more comfortable – and as our lives were improved, we started having more and more leisure time – which, in turn, made science progress at an even faster rate. The next advances, which grew more and more sophisticated, were focused on production.
A very large step towards improving human life was perfecting the knowledge of thermodynamics. The steam-powered machines were made for centuries, but the ones which became widely used were much more powerful and practical than anything previously imagined and led to the invention of locomotives, much faster than any means of transport of the time, and the powering of all types of factories, essential for the Industrial Revolution.
Hydraulics is another area of science that is very convenient for our lives – a very complex and well-calculated plumbing system allows us to have clean water at our faucets whenever we please – and even take away our waste. This also made us much healthier, and increased drastically our life expectancy along with the advances in medicine, which made it possible for us to prevent and fight disease – while also giving us the commodity of being able to take an aspirin to cure a headache and various other ailments which may bother us.
On the last few decades, thought, technology developed at an incredibly fast rate – electricity became widely accessible, utilized in virtually every home, allowing families to switch on lights at the flick of a switch, have hot showers whenever they want, store food for long periods of time, play music and communicate via telephones – not to mention the capabilities of digital technologies, such as alarm clocks. By then, we had roads everywhere for us to use with our own vehicles, getting to places in an very fast and comfortable manner.
The last big advance in science and technology, thought, was an informational one – built on top of the last, it made it possible for companies to, using electricity, broadcast video to people’s homes, then to connect with anyone else in the world and share data with them – the same technology with allows you to read this very text today.
Lastly, of course, science doesn’t merely make our life more comfortable – it also provides answers. If it wasn’t for science, we wouldn’t ever have reached outer space or figured out how our own bodies work, nor we would have any idea of why things behave the way they do – it gave us deep knowledge about the world that surrounds you – at the very least, fulfilling our curiosity.