Science Doesn't Just Happen in a Lab - it's a Part of Everyday Life - Even Yours!
By Prajwal NH, Class 8, BGS National Public School, Bangalore
Science is a great blessing to mankind. Nothing better has happened in the history of man than the advent of science in his life. It is the magic that was unknown to humankind for several years until the great discovery of the wheel came to existence.
The world into which science came was a world of ignorance, suffering, and hardship. Science has come to relieve us of suffering, to remove our ignorance, and to lighten our toil.
Science is a faithful servant of man. It serves us in all walks of life. Science has transformed our daily life. Gone are the days when only the rich men could afford luxuries. Science has made them cheap and has brought them within the reach of everybody. Science has produced goods on a larger scale in every market, which are sold at cheaper rates.
What would you do if you fell ill? You would probably consult a doctor. This doctor would perform a magic by which you are now completely all right. This magic is none other than Biology, which grows as a branch from the tree called science. Science is our most faithful medical attendant. It shows every care for our health. Because of science, we are cured of many diseases. It has given us the power to reduce epidemics like cholera and smallpox the scourge of mankind.
Science has helped in reducing the death rate and has also enhanced the living age of humans. Recently, there was a breakout of a deadly virus from the corona group of viruses called Novel corona-virus or COVID-19 which has destroyed the lives of others and has also kill them to death. In such a situation we couldn’t have even thought about our lives at risk without the aid of science.
But, science is there to save the day. Thanks to science WHO and some scientists are trying to find a cure for this deadly disease. Smallpox is another instance which proves the importance of science in our everyday and day-to-day life. Without the discovery of the vaccine, more than 1/3rd of the world's population would not have existed. Science has reduced distance and made traveling a pleasure. Science has annihilated time and space. Trains roar through deserts, jungles, and mountains while a aeroplane fly across thousands of kilometers in a matter of hours. Hyper-loops whooshing through vacuumed tunnels at the speed of 1,200 km/h helping us reach our destinations much faster and safer. The work of months and years can now be completed in hours. All these are transport systems that have evolved from aerodynamics or physics, which happens to be one of the branches of science. Do you like music? Music sounds beautiful because patterns like timing, rhythm, and pitch make it that way. Think about it: when you read music, it's a lot like reading math symbols. The various sounds produced by instruments are all based on the vibration of materials that produce sound. This is a law of physics. The wheel in today’s world is attached to an instrument called a motor which rotates the wheel in the desired direction. This motor focuses on the principle of potential energy created by the rigorous movement of electrons through a solenoid which causes the motor to spin. There are various applications of this instrument (motor) in our daily life such as: · Mixers and Grinders in kitchens. Rotating tires of a vehicle, fans etc.
Have you ever wondered how a magical tiny pill (medicine in the form of a tablet) can cure such life-threatening diseases, how the food you eat is preserved for so long, or how you get rid of germs from your hand just by scrubbing them with soap? All this is possible only with the reaction of chemistry, a study on various elements and chemicals. This phenomenal study too comes under the branch of science. Thanks to science, we now know about things inside and outside our Earth. We now know about planets and galaxies black holes and wormholes which can bend space-time accessing us to time travel which is far away from us and can not be viewed by naked eyes. However, there is the other side of the picture. Science has done the greatest disservice to mankind in the field of armament. The invention of gunpowder was hailed as a great achievement, but humanity should rue the day when this invention took place. Steadily and relentlessly, gunpowder has been used and perfected into a hundred new more destructive weapons so that today artillery, gunfire, shells, and bombs have become the hellish terror to everybody. Curiously enough, in the laboratories of different nations, some of the best scientific brains are vying with one another in the production of newer weapons of death and destruction. Hence, the question arises, ‘Is science a bane or a boon?’ Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. -Stephen Hawking