Biology, Chemistry or Physics: Which is the Deadliest Science?


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Which branch of science is the deadliest? Alex "Sandy" Antunes of Science 2.0 compared the three most murderous fields of science: physics, chemistry, and biology.

Pulling out real world statistics, we look to the Center for Disease Control (CDh). In 2007 (their most recent complete survey), we find that the bulk of the 2,423,712 US deaths were due to three causes: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Damn, looks like Biology takes an early lead. Those 3 causes alone cover over half of all deaths (54.2%) In fact, of the 15 leading causes, 9 of them are simple biology, causing 68.2% of all deaths. Disease and infection rule the land of the dead.

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Though I am not sure why anyone would want such a title, these branches are tied too closely for such a simplification. IMHO, Biology is macro compared to Chem and Chem is macro compared to Physics - but they all can describe the same death event from their respective perspectives.
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