said by lugnut :
Secondly, one item is not "most of that stuff" as you so glibly put it.
... yet you went out of your way to say this particular one was "invented" while the others were discovered. As DKS rightfully pointed out, atomic reactions have existed for billions of years, and are the foundation blocks to the creation of this universe. We as human beings merely came to a point where we figured out how they work, and have continued
to figure out even more about how those reactions work even today (Higgs boson, anyone?), despite your claims that people today have contributed nothing to science.
said by lugnut :
And finally, most of the innovations we see coming from today's generations are largely trivial and not nearly as groundbreaking as the work of their forefathers. Google may be a nifty information processing tool, but next to some of the achievements I've mentioned, it is nothing more than evolutionary development and not the paradigm shattering creations which came out of WWII and the 4 decades which followed.
Aside from the fact that the "invention" of Google has allowed anyone anywhere to have access to instant knowledge on any topic and as a result is not something I would so "gibly" dismiss as trivial, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the modern advances made by today's generation, particularly in the fields of health care.
When you're surviving cancer or any other at-one-time-terminal illness rather than discussing funeral arrangements with your wife and children and preparing yourself to be dead in the ground, be sure to tell the young researches at the university who discovered new innovations in treatment that their contribution to science and technology is "trivial" compared to what people before them did.