NSTF Discussion Forum: Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development
Basic sciences are known ultimately to have contributed to improving the quality of life of human beings, through their contributions to medical sciences, agricultural sciences, space sciences, etc. These applied sciences, in turn, have generated technologies that have improved our lives dramatically, and continue to do so. Applied sciences and technology inform and influence decision making on many levels, including national and global. Basic sciences ultimately form the foundations on which applied sciences explore and develop technological solutions. In this manner, basic sciences can have significant, but indirect influence on public policy and communal or personal decisions on: energy, conservation, agriculture, health, transportation, communication, defence, economics, leisure, and exploration, among others. While some of the impacts of science on society may not be obvious, many are. With the help of science, we have knowledge about promoting health, safety, and environmental stewardship. Scientific knowledge also forms the basis for technological advancement. From a simple light bulb to a complex computer, to genetic engineering and space travel, they are all human-made technologies, which are not possible without basic scientific knowledge.