Martin Budden is a software architect. He has spent most of his working life riding the roller coaster of the microprocessor revolution. As one of the original developers of the Symbian operating system his code is in hundreds of millions of mobile phones. He thinks science is useful, but that its utility is only a minor part of why it is important.
Science is important because the act of doing science is a creative process. All creative processes are important, be they art, music, storytelling or anything else. After love, creativity is the most important human quality. Not only is science creative, it enables creation.
Science is important because it provides us with mysteries to wonder about and beauty to wonder at.
Science is important because it is part of the honourable quest that is the search for truth and knowledge
Science is important because it reveals our ignorance and humbles us, even the most intelligent and the most powerful.
Science is important because when adults do science we recreate within ourselves the sense of awe and mystery we had when we were children.
Science is important because it encourages us to question authority and provides a means for doing so.
Science is important because it requires free exchange of ideas and information - it is incompatible with tyranny and so reduces tyranny.
Science is important because it grounds us in reality - it can challenge us and force us to change our minds.
Science is important because it helps us understand our place in the world, but more importantly it helps us actualize that place, both as human beings and as individuals.