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Science Unshackled Why in the world are we paying for all this basic research The answer to this uestion becomes clear in this romp through the seemingly useless world of pure science where one thing leads to another in ways that result in major scientific advancementsWith a novelistic style C Renée James reveals how obscure studies of natural phenomena including curved space time poisonous cone snails exploding black holes and the precise chemical makeup of the sun led unexpectedly to WiFi GPS genetic seuencing pain medications and cancer treatments Science Unshackled brings both science and scientists to life and shows how simple curiosity can result in life changing breakthroughsScientists engaged in basic research funded in large part by governments around the globe and throughout the centuries never know when exploring small uestions will have big impacts But by following the scientific method disciplined inuiry can lead to wondrous and practical discoveries that benefit all of us in the end The next time someone asks you why the government wastes its money on weird research recall the intriguing stories James has told and tell them the answer

5 thoughts on “Science Unshackled

  1. Yasiru Yasiru says:

    If you're one of those penny a dozen insufferable idiots who pop up on news articles about space exploration and ask 'Why are they wasting money and brains on this frivolous stuff? Where's a cancer cure? When's poverty going to be solved?' then do the world a favour and read thisIf you're not it's still a nice read

  2. Carlene Carlene says:

    The introduction set the stage for what I thought would be a book that merges scientific research with the funding and politics Instead each part discussed the science without discussing how the research was funded or any political discussions The examples were all ones I had read about in previous books

  3. Bob Bob says:

    An interesting well thought out and carefully written look at the process of tea search where huge budgets and long time durations prevail The uestion What good is this? Can only be answered by we do not know yet

  4. Lance Lance says:

    Loved the way she kept hammering on the point that research with an obvious economic benefit could lead to missing major discoveries with huge benefits to humans

  5. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    some interesting facts but honestly two weeks later I barely remembered that I read this book

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