Describe the principle of radioactive dating and radioisotopes decay
Jerry Pournelle predicted that in the far future people could use something like an internet to find answers to their questions, but failed to predict that people would be angry if the answer took longer than three seconds to appear (drat that Google is slow today).There are even jobs that did not exist a couple of decades ago (Search engine optimization expert? I believe that master science fiction author and science explainer Isaac Asimov has the answer.The point is, if you the science fiction writer postulate lots of technological advances in your novels, you must at least pay lip service to the sad fact that it will make a sizable segment of your society very angry.On the other tentacle, progressives will find things bewildering as well.Things seemed to settle down until some clown invented television and the inhabitants of sleepy little United States towns had their minds blown by the realization that people who lived in other places were different! Well, actually it was just change, which was bad enough to these folk.
That has led to cheap radioisotopes that have contributed to research in science and industry in a hundred fruitful directions; to nuclear power stations that may be of tremendous use to mankind, and so on.
For on the Somme while generals thought they could build a bridge of mangled flesh across the trenches.
Everything about the carnage was horrible, but was there anything which managed to make itself felt above that sickening spectacle of mutual suicide?
It was amazing the things it could discover, and so many of them with marvelously practical uses! It is the whole concept of science which (to many) seems to have made the world a horror.
It seemed like there was nothing science could not do. The advance of medicine has given us a dangerous population growth; the advance of technology has given us a growing pollution danger; a group of ivory-tower, head-in-the-clouds physicists have given us the nuclear bomb; and so on and so on and so on.