In order to understand deep science, we must first see who the scientists behind it are and what they are trying to achieve. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) based in Switzerland and France is one of the largest scientific bases in the world.
While trying to discover the secrets and origin of the universe, scientists at CERN have managed to develop technologies that have a direct impact on our everyday lives. Their research resulted in the development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners that enable doctors to check for any diseases. Moreover, they have made significant contributions to developing hadron beams that are precise enough to target any existing tumors in the body. Also, with CERN’s machines, scientists are able to improve the production of vaccines around the world.
And the reason why all of this is possible was because of the deep science and processes behind it. Now let’s see what exactly is deep science.
More About Deep Science
Deep science differs greatly from broad science. It approaches every analysis with the intention to identify the most critical parts at different levels, and then, determines if these parts share a certain connection across those different levels. If they find a connection between these parts (or nodes) it usually implies that further exploring the lower level nodes of analysis will in part affect the higher-level parts. For an analysis to be done properly in deep science, it usually requires different researchers who specialize in different levels of the said analysis.
Since there are way more methods, researchers, and variables included in the deep-science analysis, it also presents a greater challenge for coordination but also for funding of such projects. Deep science can be discovery-oriented or it can be mission-oriented. This means it can both look for answers to questions like what is the universe made of or trying to solve the environmental crisis due to pollution and climate change. No matter what deep science is trying to achieve it requires years of research by some of the smartest people in the world, but also millions of dollars from different funding organizations.
How Does It Affect The Lives Of Ordinary People
After hearing what deep science does and what questions it aims to answer, most people tend to think that the work of those scientists doesn’t affect them. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Many technologies that we use in our everyday lives like the computer, the laser, AI, and machine learning have been a direct result of deep-science research. Some of the findings from deep science happened completely out of the blue and unintentionally. One such case is the invention of WiFi.
Furthermore, some technologies that were created for the purpose of deep silence have found a completely different application in everyday life. A study of deep space radiation has led to the creation of detector technology. This technology is now being used by security companies for people scanning in order to detect concealed objects in a safe way.
One of the greatest inventions of deep science, that shaped both the present and the future of humankind is, of course, the World Wide Web. Today, we couldn’t imagine a world without the Internet, and it all came as a result of deep-science research.
In which ways will deep science affect our future, it’s yet to be seen. Nevertheless, if we base our predictions on the work done so far, we can tell that it’s going to be one exciting ride.