Are we nearing the end of science? That is, are we running out of answerable questions, leaving us with only some mop-up duty, working around the edges of the great scientific achievements of Darwin, Einstein, Copernicus, et al.?
This seems tangentially related to my last post, although I hadn’t seen this article before I wrote it. (I actually wrote that previous post Monday evening.)
It’s worth noting that this article is not asking the same question I did. I was asking whether scientific progress might eventually be judged too expensive to be worth the cost.
This article asks whether all the big questions have been answered. I think the answer to that is most emphatically no, and it takes a pretty myopic view of things to think otherwise. (The article author agrees although he discusses someone who doesn’t.)
And even when the current big questions will have been answered, I’m pretty sure we’ll always have new ones, even if they eventually become so expensive we no longer pursue them.