The Evolution of Modern Science

Jan 27, 2019 by

Classic scientific discoveries in history will never lose their mystery and significance. Benjamin Franklin’s lightning rod experiment and invention of the bifocal glasses will be remembered and referenced in science classes until the end of time. The same holds true for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone invention and Johannes Gutenberg’s infamous printing press. What once seemed revolutionary at the time has advanced many times over. And that’s the beauty of science. Students, teachers, and professionals all study and reference these classic discoveries to advance their research and create newer, better versions of what once was. This process is known as modern science and modern science is changing all the time. Read on to discover some of the most recent advancements and what it means for the world of science.

Collaboration and Peer Review

Some of the greatest scientists of all time were once considered “mad”. Hulled up in their laboratories, performing experiments, and being viewed as completely insane. That is until they surfaced with an unbelievable discovery or invention that changed the world. They say two heads are better than one and that three heads are better than two. While some scientists are natural born introverts, collaborating with other like-minded geniuses and innovatives are where  the truly amazing advancements and discoveries happen. And it’s not just collaboration among scientists that has changed modern science. Collaboration occurs across disciplines including biologists, mathematicians, anthropologists, sociologists, and archeologists just to name a few. Working together, these creative minds can uncover ideas and concepts they never knew existed. Team science has become the preferred method and advancements in technology have supported and advanced these collaborations. Professional can now share data, ideas, and plans seamlessly, regardless of location. Companies like District Data Labs are breaking ground in data science.

Specialization and Niches

Under the umbrella of “scientists”, different niches and specializations have evolved. With new and more complex questions, each phenomenon requires more attention. No one scientist can do it all, which has lead to countless specializations and fields of study within the science realm. Some might think that this narrowing of studies means a less expansive world of science, when in fact, the opposite is true. Scientists are now looking deeper into each possibility and striving to collect all available resources and become an expert on the topic. Not to mention, staying up to date with cutting edge information and technology takes time and effort.

Publications and Resources

Advancements in technology means increased resources. Not only are there more resources available, but discoveries and scientific results are made public more rapidly with the rise of the internet. In the past, scientists waited for journals to publish findings. Now, findings and information are made readily available online. Peer review is another important part of this process. After discoveries are made public, peers will read, analyze, and comment on their findings. With technological advancements, peer reviews can span months or even years. As new findings are made, peers can make additional comments and suggestions for advancing a particular study further. Not to mention, new information may surface that greatly impacts the original case study. With more eyes on a particular study or breakthrough, the more likely a disputing claim or argument will suffer. And while the original scientist may not appreciate this, great discoveries and advancements come from healthy competition and debate.  

Rules and Regulations

In the 1800’s, rules and regulations didn’t exist in the scientific world. Unethical and sometime immoral experiments and studies were performed “in the name of science”. In today’s world, there are rules and regulations in place to help protect both scientists and those individuals exposed or involved in scientific research. The world has never been more conscious of preserving the earth and pleasing the powers that be. Both local and federal governments are much more aware of the potentially negative effects that science research and discovery might have on the human, and animal race. For example, Louis Pasteur’s experiments included exposing groups of sheep to the anthrax bacteria in an attempt to find a cure. While the purpose of his study was commendable, his efforts and method were not. Scientists are now required to perform experiments that are deemed safe, environmentally friendly, and ethical. Some scientists might view these regulations as a hurdle to unbelievable discovery, most understand their purpose and have learned to work within their parameters.

The Core Values Are Still the Same

No matter how much change, evolution, and advancements the world of science makes, its basic core values and principles remain the same. Science is about discovery and experimentation in the hopes of uncovering information and inventing something that will improve and benefit mankind. Now, more specialized medicine and science means diving deeper into theories and subjects to uncover a better understanding of how things work. Cross-collaborations allow professionals from around the world and from a variety of educational backgrounds to benefit from one another’s skills and resources. And the human brain isn’t the only resource now available. The internet has opened up a world of possibility and made scientific journals and findings more readily available. If nothing else, the world of science is a complex and flexible thing. It’s proven able to grow, change, and evolve with changing times. And while some changes may be frowned upon, most advancements have had a positive impact on the world of science. And many professionals are eager to see what the future holds.

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