After watching Game of Thrones I started to wonder how exactly science is organized there.
It's mentioned briefly that there are maesters and they even have laboratories, but it seems they are mostly concerned with medicine. In season 2 we see
a lab producing wildfire;
this is chemistry.
So, my question is:
- Is there really a steady technological advance in the Seven Kingdoms or does the technology remain on the same level for thousands of years?
- If the Seven Kingdoms represent the medieval period of technology, does this mean that the era of the First Men is something like Stone Age?
- Does the state finance the scientists on a regular basis, or is it just some charity funds from curious Lords?
I would definitely be curious to see if the technology advances to our level and we will see epic battles like "nuclear missile vs dragons".