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Unformatted text preview: Chemistry 83 8/31/10 1 Chemistry 83 Chemistry, Technology, and Society: A chemo-centric history of the universe from the “Big Bang” to the present Technology • Technology - manipulation of nature by humans to better satisfy their needs and wants – Needs refer to the minimum requirements for sustaining life (food, water, clothing, shelter) – Wants refer to improvements in the quality and/or quantity of life (medicine, computers, transportation, etc.) • Technologies use knowledge to convert natural resources into useful products Chemistry 83 8/31/10 2 ReVelle/ReVelle, “The Environment”, Jones and Bartlett,1988, p. 55 Society and technology developed together - science much later Science begins Earliest periods of history are named for materials used for tools/weapons. Science developed in 17th century • Science - body of knowledge resulting from the efforts of humans to organize and logically explain their observations about themselves and their surroundings • Modern science started with shift from...
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This note was uploaded on 12/19/2010 for the course CHEM 83 taught by Professor Bonk,j during the Fall '08 term at Duke.
- Fall '08