By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
As a scientist (or at least a scientist-in-training), I tend to think of the physical world and human curiosity as eternal bedfellows. As long as there are other worlds to ponder, be they huge or microscopic, we will do what we have always done: “Seek out and explore new worlds.”
The other day, I stumbled upon a piece of science fiction that does not doubt human curiosity, but instead, the physical world. Nik Papageorgiou’s short story, “The end of Science,” is set thousands of years from now, when humans have answered all the big questions and now have only small quandries to ponder. In fact, there is only one scientist left – sitting in an enormous bank of AI-driven computers.
After reading it, I would love to hear some feedback on what YOU think of Papageorgiou’s story and what the ending means.