Universities exist to study things, and things we’ve largely understood for millennia (such as mathematics) are still ripe for further study, as every day new discoveries are being made in the field (or at least, new ways of looking at things).
But is there any subject about which academia has collectively said, “Fuck it, there’s nothing left in there to study.”
I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of days now, and I was able to come up with one, and only one: color. There are only so many wavelenghts of light that are visible to the human eye, and indeed, there are only so many wavelenghts of light at all. Similarly the functions of the rods and cones in the human eye are as fully-understood as they’re ever going to be. No one is going to discover a new color.
But then again, what I don’t know about optics could fill several libraries, and for all I know this could be one of the most promising areas of science.
Is there any subject about which there’s simply no need for further study?