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Read the text about the wonders of the world. Write a topic from A in the paragraph headings 1-6
I don't believe that today's wonders are similar in kind to the
wonders of the Ancient World. They were all buildings, such
as the Pyramids in Egypt, or other architectural structures.
Over the past 100 years, we have seen amazing
technological and scientific achievements. These are surely
our modern wonders.
1 The internet
It is everywhere. More than half a billion people use it, and
the number of people who are online increases by 100 million
every year. In 1994 there were only a few hundred web
pages. Today there are billions.
It has revolutionized the way we live and work. But we are
still in the early days. Soon there will be more and more
interactivity between the user and the website, and we will be
able to give instructions using speech.
2 Space travel
In 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped out of his space capsule
onto the surface of the moon and made his famous
statement: ‘That's one small step for a man, one giant leap
for mankind'. Since then, there have been space probes to
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and even to the sun. One day, a space
observatory will study how the first stars and galaxies began.
So far, it seems that we are alone in the universe. There are
no signs yet that there is intelligent life outside our own solar
system. But who knows what the future holds?
3 Medical science
Surely nothing has done more for the comfort and happiness
of the human race than the advances in health care! How
many millions of people have benefited from the humble
aspirin? How many lives has penicillin saved? Average life
expectancy worldwide has risen dramatically over the past
100 years, from about 47 years in 1900 to about 77 years
4 International travel
We are a world on the move. Airlines carry more than 1.5
billion people to their destinations every year. It is estimated
that, at any one time these days, there are as many people
travelling in aeroplanes as the total number of people who
travelled abroad in the whole of the nineteenth century (but I
have no idea how they worked this out!).
5 The Olympic Games
It is true that they are now commercialized, and there is
greed and drug abuse. However, it is a competition in which
almost every country in the world takes part. Every four
years, for a brief moment, we see the world come together in
peace and friendship. We feel hope again for the future of
In 1724, Jonathan Swift wrote, ‘Whoever makes two blades
of grass or two ears of corn grow where only one grew before
serves mankind better than the whole race of politicians'. In
Europe our farmers have done this. In 1709, whole villages in
France died of hunger. Now in Europe, we can't eat all the
food we produce.
If only politicians could find a way to share it with those parts
of the world where there is famine.
7 We are still here!
The last wonder of the modern world is simply that we are still
here. We have had nuclear weapons for over 50 years that
could destroy the world, but we haven't used them to do it.
This is surely the greatest wonder of all.