We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anybody knows anything about science and technology”. Carl Sagan made this prophetic quote many years ago, and how true it remains today. Look around you and it’s staggering how much of our lives are dependent on science and technology, and how lost we become when that technology fails. “We’ve all felt the frustration when our mobile phone signal is lost or we have a problem logging onto the web. Lost and powerless, and massively dependent on the people who can design, build and maintain these things we take for granted.
Carl Sagan, who helped broaden the reach of science to millions of people, once described his enthusiasm for discovery in very simple terms. He said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Thank you all for the incredible discoveries that you have made, the progress you’ve invented, and the benefits you’ve bestowed on the American people and the world.