b'Why 1977 is the most important year EVER!These were big cultural paradigm-shifts,MEDIA1977 is the year it all changed. Yes, it wasbut there was another milestone in 1977 the Queens Silver Jubilee. Yes, a Brit wonthat you probably have never heard of but at Wimbledon. Yes, SETI (Search for Extra- has nonetheless had a massive impact Terrestrial Intelligence) received what hason film, literature and art. 1977 saw the The creation of the BBC in been dubbed the WOW! signal. But 1977launch of boys action-adventure comic October 1922 with the simple is important because after this year the2000AD, riding the growing wave ofmission to educate, inform and popular culture landscape would never besci-fi permeating popular culture. It gave entertain.us tough future cops (Judge Dredd) the same again. before Robocop; genetically engineeredMr Harvey1977 was when punk music upset thereborn dinosaurs (Judge Dredd applecart and then proceeded to smash itagain!) before Jurassic Park; a tunnel up. This aggressive, offensive, vibrant newunder the English Channel (Invasion) musical genre was the perfect antidote to all in black and white (and two pages the prog-rock noodlings of the decade.of colour!) every weekfor 8p (Earth The DIY nihilism was just what the youthmoney).of declining Western civilisation craved, and soon the torn trousers and safety pinsSo, 1977you were through the nose were on Britains higheither there, or you streetsGod Save the Queen! indeed. wished you could have been. Either 1977 changed the silver screen forever,way, things havent too. In May, a softly spoken, beardedquite been the filmmaker unleashed Star Wars on thesame ever since.world, revolutionising film storytellingMr Duckand technology in one fell swoop as well as making George Lucas huge sums of money. Traditionally the dead zone for cinema releasing, the summer blockbuster was here to stay and a formula that persists even today.ScienceGregor Mendel was an Augustinian monk and mathematician who in 1866, and despite limitations of the time, managed to discover the mechanism of heredity from parents to offspring. He started by conducting breeding experiments with bees, but his work was cut short as the bees became increasingly aggressive and too dangerous to work with. He then shifted his focus to conducting thousands of breeding experiments on pea plants and discovered the existence of what we now refer to as dominant and recessive alleles.Mendel is touted as the father of modern genetics (Mendelian genetics) as his work still plays a major role in modern breeding programmes in agriculture and scientific research to understand human genetic disorders. Furthermore, he was the first to introduce the use of statistics to evaluate scientific results to draw more reliable conclusionsa practice that is used across all sciences today.Mr Ahmed62'