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When people want to place emphasis on the simplicity of a certain task, it is often compared with one of two things – rocket science, or brain surgery. This then implies that being a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon are absolute equals, both in terms in complexity and overall achievement. As these two vocations are completely different, is it then fair to compare the two? The only thing that's left is a comparative assessment of the two sciences to distinguish which deserves the status of top science.


Because rocket science involves the application of intricate calculations and various forms of physics, it can, at the very least, be considered a highly impressive discipline. Sending things into space has enabled mankind to explore the outer regions of the galaxy, and send various satellites into space in order for us to have luxuries we tend to take for granted such as satellite TV, telephone signal and the internet. Without rocket scientists, none of this would be possible. Therefore in terms of complexity, rocket science is right pretty darned impressive. However, brain surgery also involves extremely specialist knowledge and incredible dexterity, and it is fair to say that to operate on the brain carries a large amount of potential risk. The brain itself is the centre of memory processing, voluntary and involuntary movement, language, and so on. Also, without the brain itself, the ability to create the rockets that ultimately provide us with our luxuries would not be possible, so brain surgeons come up top for this round.


Anyone doing any kind of work on the brain is dealing with the most complex object currently known to mankind, so comparing rockets and brains simply isn't fair. One the other hand, though, rocket scientists are essentially defying mother nature by sending people into space. So, by comparison, rocket science has its own set of equally difficult problems in its application, making this round a draw.


Both disciplines carry their own set of dangers, and their potential consequences. All it takes is for a brain surgeon to make one tiny, false move, and the possible outcomes could be awful. Accidentally slicing the wring part of the brain could severely alter the patient's personality, memory, or even their physical abilities. Depending on the severity of the accident, it could even prove to be fatal. Having the lives of someone in their hands must definitely come with some pressure to get things right. Rocket science, however, involves sending people long distances to unfamiliar environments using large amounts of highly explosive fuel. The consequences could be incredibly disastrous, so for this round, rocket science is the winner.


Having made a comparison, which discipline carries more weight as far as impressiveness goes? They are both equally as complicated, and each holds its own set of dangers and consequences. As for as making major contributions to society, they are both winners, as brain surgeons improve and save lives, whereas rocket scientists are forever developing our knowledge of outer space, all while enabling us to communicate and be entertained. Therefore, it is impossible to say which is the more complicated, leaving us with two equally as good options to compare the complexity of various tasks.