World renowned physicist, and Advanced Fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester, Professor Brian Cox suggests that science not only gives us hope in a turbulent, conflicted and often dysfunctional world but also provides a method of coping with the turbulence.
In an August 3rd BBC interview, Professor Cox was quite candid and suggests that
Science at the moment is genuinely exciting
He went on to say that
There are great steps being made in understanding some of the most profound questions such as what happened before the Big Bang
But, in his view, one of the most interesting is Biology
the understanding of the fundamental nature of life itself and its origin
What differentiates living things from inanimate objects since they’re made from the same building blocks?
Early biochemistry four billion years ago determined the nature of life itself, today.
Planet Earth, this place where we live, is a beautiful and fragile place. And I take great comfort, optimism, from the fact that the more we learn about nature, the more we understand questions such as how did life on Earth begin, how did life go from the simplest bits of biochemistry four billion years ago to complex collections of atoms like human beings. I think the more we begin to realize that we’re extremely fortunate to live on a world like this.
Professor Cox went on to comment that the more we discover, the more everyone will learn to enjoy and value the planet.
Knowledge about our place in the universe makes it more likely we’ll learn to work together and survive and ultimately, I hope, explore the stars.