The sparks from the spirit of science include not only new knowledge but also innovations, the major ingredients of development and sustainability. This book creates an understanding of science and its role in innovation and sustainable development and points out unfilled gaps in human development. It highlights opportunities for societies to overcome obstacles in development. The book is written in an easy-to-understand manner, avoiding technical jargon, and contains case studies, practical examples, and historical perspectives. It is intended for a general, especially young readership and will appeal to those curious about the nature of science and its benefits, together with its possible pitfalls.
Table of Contents
The Spirit of Science
The Spirit Has Sparks
Nurturing the Spirit, Enhancing the Sparks
Cultivating the Brain
Creating the Sparks from the Spirit
What Is Science For?
Present and New Challenges
Addressing the Base of the Pyramid
Danger and Risks in the Sparks
Sparks for Sustainable Development
Moving beyond Sustainability
Yongyuth Yuthavong studied chemistry in the UK and worked at Mahidol University, Thailand. He received the Outstanding Scientist of Thailand award and the Nikkei Asia Prize for Science, Technology and Innovation from the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan, for his work on malaria and antimalarials. He was the first president of the Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency, former Minister of Science and Technology, and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand.