As humanity evolved from living in caves and hunting and foraging for food into civilisations, they developed a curiosity about themselves and the world around them. It was soon realised that it is pretty much impossible to discover all the secrets of the universe in one go. Exploring the mysteries of the cosmos involved constantly evolving knowledge and beliefs. Therefore, a systematic mechanism to conduct this exploration was required. As a result of this, the scientific method was born. This method facilitates humans in investigating various phenomena, evaluating and re-evaluating existing knowledge, and expanding the boundaries of what is already known. As such, adherence to the scientific method has become an integral part of scientific inquiry and any scientists wishing to share the results of their research with the world are expected to follow it.
"In fact, the game wouldn’t be worth playing if we knew what was going to happen. That may be the most important thing to understand about humans. It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives day by day, and we explore the galaxy trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I am here: not to conquer you with weapons or ideas, but to coexist and learn."
Recently, a lot of hullabaloo has been created over the supposed invention of a miracle alternative fuel; the colloquially dubbed “water kit.” In a country ravaged by inflation, multiple energy crises, food crises, law and order crises and terrorism, the water kit represents hope. Hope of a better future realised by the reduction of fuel costs, providing cheap transportation, and consequently some relief from the curse of high fuel prices. Maybe this is why the people are so ready to believe in this miracle solution. So much so that they have forsaken any claim to reason and adherence to the scientific process in hoping against hope that this is true. Whatever the reason, the fact of the matter is that much hype surrounds the capabilities and benefits of this “invention.” The discussion presented in this article expounds upon the one presented by Mr Shahid here. The objective is to make the process a bit more clearer for the layman to understand. I shall assume that the reader has read Mr Shahid’s article for an overview of how car’s normally work with petrol and CNG. This article is not meant for the absolute layperson, so if you are looking for only a high level description of the issue, this article is not for you. However, if you are a curious person like me who wants a bit more detail than is generally available, then please keep reading. For a simple comparative calculation of the energy provided by electrolysis versus fossil fuels, refer to this link.