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The most revolutionary technology

  1. Mar 26, 2007 #1
    What applied science has [had] the potential to cause the greatest societal advance in human history?
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2007 #2
    The semiconductor, which forms the basis of all modern computing. From the internet to the iPod, it's at the heart of the current technological paradigm.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2007 #3

    wolram

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    Cement science?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2007 #4

    FredGarvin

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    The semi conductor is a good guess. But I will still have to stick to my guns with my standard answer to this question. Metallurgy. Specifically, the understanding and perfection of steel.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2007 #5

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    This might not qualify as applied science in the intent of your question, but I'd go with linguistics. If we can't communicate, we can't accomplish anything of significance.
     
  7. Mar 27, 2007 #6
    computer science, if someone will breed it with some logic ;)
     
  8. Mar 27, 2007 #7

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    All of these answers are too recent. I say agriculture.
     
  9. Mar 27, 2007 #8
    The printing press. It enabled dissemination of knowledge to the masses.
     
  10. Mar 27, 2007 #9
    Yep, we speak of things that are yet to come.
     
  11. Mar 27, 2007 #10
    Synthetic rubber. Consider our transportation without it.
     
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  13. Sep 18, 2010 #12
    2)Electromagnetism and 1)Chemistry


    Electromagnetism works for;

    -Light
    -Computers
    -Modern Science
    -Science tools
    -Modern Medicine
    -Factories
    -Electric Veichules
    -Refrigeration
    -Communication


    Chemistry

    -Medicine
    -Drugs
    -Toxicology
    -Materials
    etc.
     
  14. Sep 18, 2010 #13

    Danger

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    And consider how much worse our population explosion would be without it... :uhh:
     
  15. Sep 19, 2010 #14
    This is one of the most vague questions I have ever read. Before or after the industrial revolution? What is meant by "societal advance" exactly? Does this apply only to modern Homo sapiens sapiens or all the way back to our earliest "human" ancestors?
     
  16. Sep 19, 2010 #15
    Teleportation, as trips to the moon & mars took too long to... wait nevermind.
     
  17. Sep 19, 2010 #16

    Danger

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    Damned time-travelers... :grumpy:
    I thought that I had a trap set for the likes of you.

    Anyhow, as the sign in Callahan's Cross-Time Saloon reads: "Time travelers, strictly cash."
     
  18. Sep 19, 2010 #17

    Ranger Mike

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    in my opinion it was the ability for early modern man to speak..language.
    neanderthals could not develop this basic communication skill and lost out big time to a physically weaker competitor.

    this is not an applied science tho..
    i will go with alchemy..the search to change iron. lead into GOLD...



    Danger ,,,sign me up for next Callahan's Cross-Time Saloon tour!
     
  19. Sep 19, 2010 #18

    Danger

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    You know it, pal. I hope that you like Keith's.
     
  20. Sep 23, 2010 #19

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    Danger, a sign on the side of a van that reads "Free Candy for Time Travelers" isn't considered an elaborate trap. No matter what instruments of death are inside...
     
  21. Sep 23, 2010 #20

    Danger

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    Damn, but I hate being caught like that! Regular assorted candy would have been a sure giveaway, but I thought that the offering of only strawberry Twizzles was rather subtle. I guess that I'm just getting too old to fly with today's flock.
     
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