Over at The Guardian, they have collected together a list of the 20 big questions in science. Head over there to read about each one in more detail, but the 20 questions are:
- What is the universe made of?
- How did life begin?
- Are we alone in the universe?
- What makes us human?
- What is consciousness?
- Why do we dream?
- Why is there stuff?
- Are there other universes?
- Where do we put all the carbon?
- How do we get more energy from the sun?
- What’s so weird about prime numbers?
- How do we beat bacteria?
- Can computers keep getting faster?
- Will we ever cure cancer?
- When can I have a robot butler?
- What’s at the bottom of the ocean?
- What’s at the bottom of a black hole?
- Can we live forever?
- How do we solve the population problem?
- Is time travel possible?
What do you think? Which is the most pertinent question for you? How do we beat bacteria and will we ever cure cancer are two of the current vital questions, I think. Neither is instantly answerable either, but then again, that’s why they’re part of this list.
Mind you, robot butlers… Onwards!