Five Pillars of Science

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five pillars of science

The last half-century has seen enormous strides in many scientific and technical areas. In particle physics previously unrelated fields like weak interactions and electromagnetism have been linked. Cosmology has been probed back to the Big Bang. Computing has moved from being a scientific tool to a subject that dominates the economy. The structure of DNA has been untangled. We may be on the threshold of understanding the origin of life and even discovering life elsewhere in the universe. Several of these diverse topics such as cosmology and fundamental physics are already profoundly coupled. Interestingly, ties exist between all of these subjects. These links are reviewed in light of opportunities ahead in the next decades.