Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Is science complete?

No way. A case can be made that high-energy physics won't progress too much beyond whatever is discovered by the Large Hadron Collider--now scheduled to go online sometime in late 2008, I think--but that's due to the practical and financial challenges of building ever-larger facilities in that particular discipline. (And a lack of experiments hasn't stopped string theory.) In the life sciences, and in genomics and related fields in particular, the revelations keep coming. I see no reason to believe that we've even begun to wring the most profound secrets hiding within the DNA molecule. While I immensely enjoyed John Horgan's book THE END OF SCIENCE when it was released 11 years ago, I think he may have overstated the case. Now, if only *funding* for scientific research were available at the levels it ought to be...[sigh]...

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