The Royal Society, a prestigious British science organization, is celebrating its 350th anniversary. Its goal over the past three and a half centuries has been to unravel the mysteries of the world. To mark its anniversary, the group has put together a list of 10 questions that science must answer, asked by some of the world's leading thinkers.
1) What is consciousness?
-- Kathy Sykes, professor of sciences and society, University of Bristol
2) What happened before the big bang?
-- Joan Bakewell, broadcaster and writer
3) Will science and engineering give us back our individuality?
-- Mark Miodownik, physicist, King's College London
4) How are we going to cope with the world's burgeoning population?
-- Tracy Chevalier, novelist
5) Is there a pattern to the prime numbers?
-- Marcus du Sautoy, professor for public understanding of science, University of Oxford
6) Can we make a scientific way of thinking all pervasive?
-- Brian Cox, physicist, University of Manchester
7) How do we ensure humanity survives and flourishes?
-- John Sulston, chair, Royal Society study on people and the planet
8) Can someone explain adequately the meaning of infinite space?
-- Andrew Motion, former poet laureate
9) Will I be able to record my brain like I can record a program on television?
-- Lionel Shriver, novelist
10) Can humanity get to the stars?
-- Piers Sellers, astronaut