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Restarting Civilisation – Episode 17

Richard Feynman once said: ‘If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of atoms-little particles that that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a little imagination and thinking are applied.’

So, we asked the people featured in this app what scientific idea they would like in their back pocket in the event we had to restart civilisation.

I think Galileo’s work

I think…this might be just because one of my first experiences of coming into contact with science in art was Brecht’s Galileo, Life of Galileo, so I think Galileo’s work with saying the Earth revolves around the sun and with discovering the moons of Jupiter, I would say from that, being able to take the solipsistic human view saying we are the centre of the universe and just starting from a point where he was saying, you're not, I think that would be a good thing to keep hold of.