People take many things for granted because most of the modern marvels they use every day make things so easy it’s hard to imagine life before their invention. Electronics technology is the most obvious example of this phenomenon, but it fast pace of development allows it to get its due. The real underdogs of the modern world are the applications that never even get a mention in any conversation, technology that people literally step on.
Companies and businesses use high performance polyurethane to protect their floors from wear, and keep their employees from slipping. But, people will run into some difficulty finding anyone who knows what that is, or even pronounce it correctly on the first try. Why are the applications of chemistry always overlooked while the advancements in electronic and digital technology grab headlines all over the world?
Are people supposed to pretend that electronics is an easier science to understand? The constant exposure may have made more resources available, but digital technology has just as many – if not more – technicalities than chemistry. The difference lies in the availability of the sciences and its applications to the public.
A Hundred Experts
Let’s take the release of the latest smart phone models from Samsung and Apple. There are hundreds upon hundreds of tech experts weighing in on the specs, determining who copied whom, and whether they really add anything to what people already have.
These articles will start debates, discussions, and maybe even a flame war or two, which is the secret to electronic technology’s popularity – people who think they know what they’re talking about.
Even a cursory glance at the people on the front lines of the ‘phone wars’ will tell anyone that most of the controversies – not counting accusations of patent and copyright infringement – are manufactured. Chemistry, physics, and mathematics are the fields of study with the least number of misinformed people fighting over intricacies; biology, geology and psychology have the most.
Looking at it this way, chemistry is actually lucky that it is stable enough in its dissemination of information that not many people are able to garble its information.