When he derived his three laws that remain the bedrock of classical physics, he couldn't have imagined the advances in engineering and science that would follow. In the 280 years or so since he' died, transportation, communication, agriculture and even research itself have all become radically different - based on foundations he laid.
It may not be sexy or cool, it may not even be inspiring. But it is valuable, and it is important, in ways we cannot possibly imagine.
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