A Plea For Applied Science Essay

857 words - 3 pages

It is often remarked that spring is the most delightful of seasons, but this is a sore done boon as our appreciation should truly lie under the harvest moon. Just as Mother Nature requires the rest of winter and the ripening of fall for the budding of spring, science requires practical applications on which to build pure theories. Through her application, science more truthfully reveals her mysteries.
It is not necessary to look forward to see the outcomes of science as they are upon us now. In physics, the advent of electricity has been awarded with the blossoming of an incandescent light bulb. The theoretical understanding of electricity has been able to transform electricity from a flash of lightening into a utility and has sparked further curiosity about magnetism. This application of pure scientific theory is simply another face of science. Just as a mathematician can supplement his/her understanding of geometry or algebra with their applications in architecture or economics, a physicist can nourish his/her understanding of the world in the application of theoretical principles.
A wholly theoretical account of nature cannot suffice as science. Just as a watch cannot be explained with all of its gears unless it is put into motion, nature cannot be wholly understood unless the theories of her functioning are put into application. To illustrate this point, one only has to look in the past at describing the mechanics of the cosmos. It was once naively thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe and that every object orbited in a peculiar path (epicycles). When Kepler looked through a recently created telescope at the orbits of newly discovered planets and he deduced that all planets rotate around the sun. The discovery of this new view of planetary motion took the application of optics in the form of a telescope. It might have been remarked that the inventor telescope simply stole ideas of optical theorist, but that claim is a shallow interpretation. The application of optics to create a microscope was not done by brainlessly tinkering with objects; it took precision and understanding in order to create this tool by which the understanding of science was expanded. The inventor was able to build on the ideas of theorist, similar to a theorist building on the ideas of another, creating a more complete understanding. Just as the telescope was used to open a window to provide a clear view through which the cosmos can be understood, the applications of all sciences can shine light on...

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