• Question: Do you think that the discovery of electricity was the greatest achievement in scientific history??

    Asked by anthonyisstevengerrard8 to Ben, Ezzy, Mario, Sam on 22 Mar 2012.
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      Ben Smart answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      That’s a tricky one. Electricity is certainly vital to our modern world! I would actually say though that the discovery and development of mathematics is the greatest achievement. Without mathematics we wouldn’t be able to build houses, buy and sell things, or even discover electricity!

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      Sam Vinko answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      One of the greatest, without doubt, but more because it enables us to do things rather than as a fundamental breakthrough – its a great tool. There have been many discoveries which were (and still are) much more mind blowing for humanity from a philosophical point of view, like evolution by natural selection, the discovery of DNA, quantum mechanics …

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      Elizabeth Pearson answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      Electricity is incredibly useful, I’ll give you that. It’s was what pushed science forward a huge amount, but all discoveries are linked in to each other. If I had to chose one thing that was the biggest leap forward I’d say the discovery of fire. Because we had fire we learnt to cook and keep warm, both of which changed how we evolved. Humans now can’t survive on raw food, you last about two months getting steadily more sick and then you die. We just can’t process it anymore.