Do you consider yourself to be a science buff? If you do, then you’ll know that science doesn’t involve proving what works. It involves proving what doesn’t work. Known as the scientific method, we use it everyday. You start with a question like, “Will drinking milk make me sick?” Well, there’s only one way to find out. We create a hypothesis and test it. Did it make you sick? Let’s test another kind of milk. Scientists do this all the time. Some questions, however, are still elusive. Either they can’t be tested (metaphysical), or more testing needs to be done. These are 25 Simple Questions Science Still Can’t Answer.
Do you have it? Have all your actions been pre-destined since the first atoms sprung into motion? Quantum mechanics has led to some interesting conclusions here for proponents of both sides. We may never know how free we are…
What is art?
Despite Tolstoy taking a stab at the answer, scientists still question why it is that we find “beauty” in patterns, shapes, and colors. What purpose does art serve, and why does it exist in the first place? Actually…what is beauty?
Did we discover math?
Or did we invent it? Many of the things we’ve mentioned depend on math. Chemistry, physics, music, art…it’s all numbers and patterns at the end of the day. But what came first? Is the universe necessarily ordered? Why did things fall into place the way they did? More simply, would an alien civilization understand the mathematical concepts we have developed?
What is gravity?
We know that gravity attracts objects to each other, but why? Some scientists have even proposed things like gravitons to explain the phenomenon.
Why are we here?
So we know that the Big Bang happened. But why did it happen?