A nice report from the Beeb on this astonishing achievement….
I’m not sure this is an ‘opinion’ as such – but surely this represents human achievement and potential at its absolute best? For all the destruction, all the cruelty, all the brutality and naked greed our species routinely demonstrates this sort of thing must give us hope. It shows just what remarkable creatures we are. How we can co-operate on a grand scale, how we can employ the imagination and intelligence we’ve evolved to deduce and prove the most amazing things about the very nature & fabric of the of universe – all from our own tiny, rocky home.
Sorry to wax so lyrical – but at the very least this is an incredible technological feat, and to contemplate the Astro-physics about what it means is mind boggling.
But more to the point this could be the start of a grand new era – and a whole new branch of Science. To all those lame-brains (or to be more polite the seriously uninformed) who say this is self-indulgent nonsense & a waste of money with no possible application……I give you the our Digital computer age that was born of Quantum mechanics, I give you GPS which wouldn’t be possible without Einstein’s General Relativity, I give you all the medical and agricultural benefits that flow from the understanding of DNA. All of this was once ‘self-indulgent nonsense’ with no immediately obvious applications. Besides – aren’t some things worth doing for their own sake, aren’t some things worth knowing for their own sake? Does everything need to have a cost-benefit analysis? We would still be living in caves with that mentality.