I have learned that my power of the sky was known to men long ago; they called it Electricity. It was the power that moved their greatest inventions. It lit this house with light which came from those globes of glass on the walls. I have found the engine which produced this light. I shall learn how to repair it and how to make it work again. I shall learn how to use the wires which carry this power. Then I shall build a barrier of wires around my home, and across the paths which lead to my home; a barrier light as a cobweb, more impassable than a wall of granite; a barrier my brothers will never be able to cross. For they have nothing to fight me with, save the brute force of their numbers. I have my mind. (12.12)
Equality 7-2521 is now free to do all of the scientific study he wants, and he has a lot of old technology to learn from in the house from the Unmentionable Times he's found. Science will give him a great deal of power, more power than the entire combined forces of his old society, in fact. The mind, as Equality 7-2521 says, is far stronger than brute physical force. We have to wonder here: has the attraction of science's ability to harness the power of nature replaced the desire to know as Equality 7-2521's main motivation?