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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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