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A CENTURY OF SCIENCE: 1944 - 2044

Since 1944 there hav
e been enormous developments in science. In particle physics quarks and other exotic particles have been discovered. Previously unrelated fields like weak interactions and electromagnetism have been linked. Cosmology has probed back to the very early moments of the Big Bang. We have broken the bonds of earth and moved to outer space.  In the process rocket and space science flowered. The mystery of DNA has been solved with enormous practical consequences. We may even be on the threshold of understanding the origin of life and even discovering life elsewhere in the universe. Computing has moved from being a modest scientific tool at best to a subject that dominates the economy.

These developments are increasingly linked. The genesis of biology arises from the stars. The computer-DNA metaphor is ever stronger. Particle physics and cosmology are tightly coupled by the Big Bang. Developments in space are needed to understand astrobiology and cosmology. The next four decades will see ever more interactions between these great science and technology pillars.

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THE FIVE GREAT PILLARS OF SCIENCE
Quarks
Includes particle physics and accelerators
Particle physics
Big bang
Includes all of cosmology,  astrophysics
Cosmology
Space
Includes geology and all of planetary science
Space
DNA
DNA here is  all of biology
DNA
The web
Includes the developments in electronics as well as mathematics
Computing