This weekend provided me with some upto this point very limited personal thinking time with my 'scope. Pondering the galaxy and beyond wondering if at all possible I may stumble upon some previously unidentified phenomena!
Due to the rather simplistic technology telescopes provide us ('cept of course those rather large one's and the one's orbiting the Earth), it got me considering the discoveries of the last 100 years, and the retrospective idea of our predecessors contemplating the ideologies and technologies that would be present to our contemporary scientists. After all we have only known about the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Roentgen. Thus our view of our world and the distant cosmos has changed dramatically over the last 100 years, the creation of a new class of instruments able to detect the smallest atomic particles, to those of which like Hubble on its 16th Birthday provide the public with the opportunity to view distant galaxies, with unprecedented scrutiny.
My question to you all is, what do you speculate may be the next major scientific or technological breakthroughs of this century, which in a timescale of a hundred or two hundred years from now will lead to our view of the universe being dramatically affirmed or revolutionalised. An element of speculation and presumption is of course required!
Regards - Chris
On a sidenote I may not be able to comment on this thread for a few days, University examinations and all, but I look forward to reading the contentions forwarded.