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Have you ever experienced a moment of realisation when, all of a sudden, you were clear about your direction and what would make you happy, successful, and give your life true meaning? After this insight, no doubt you felt confident that this time you would not fail, but instead relentlessly pursue new destiny.
But have you actually realised this destiny, or is it only on rare occasions that you realise that this goal – just like all those preceding it, and those that are still to come – is now buried in the ever-growing cemetery of your unrealised dreams and plans.
Why is it... (more)
This post is a continuation from The Creation of the World
Unlike physics and astronomy, in which unbiased observation directly contradicted religious teachings, for a long time progress in biology did not challenge old wisdom. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries the work of biologist was limited to the classification of all known plants and animals into taxonomic groups. While their highlighted the commonalities living organisms shared, the belief that all living organisms had been created in their current form was so well rooted that no serious alternative had been proposed before... (more)
This post is a continuation from Faith and the First Scientists
The heated debate over the working of the universe, we have discussed so far, had little relevance outside the scientific and theological communities. Whether it was the sun or the earth at the center of the universe, or what laws falling bodies obeyed, it made no difference to people’s faith. The new discoveries diminished neither the splendor of the creation nor the greatness of the creator. For most people, religious teachings were about how one goes to heaven, and not how heaven goes.
This attitude still prevails... (more)
This post is a continuation from The Inquisition Strikes Back
Standing upon the shoulders of giants, it was the British physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) who can be considered the true father of modern physics – based on solid mathematical models. Newton work evolved science in four different areas: his work of the nature of light, his laws of motion, his development of Calculus, and the laws of universal gravitation. Each of these works would have been considered a life time achievement and would have suffice to place him as one of the greatest scientists of all time. Newton... (more)
This posting follows: Copernicus and the Church
By claiming that the sun, and not the earth, was at the center of the universe, Copernicus directly challenged the Church's sacred Aristotelian worldview. But while Copernicus was the first one to publicly challenge the Church's view of the world, many followed. What he had started not even the Inquisition could stop. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a German astronomer, expanded on the Copernican worldview, and developed it into a mathematical model. The three laws of planetary motion he conceived are still in use nowadays. These mathematical... (more)
As we saw in a previous posting Copernicus, who postulated a model in which the sun was at the center of the universe, knew that the clear advantages of his model would not protect him from the hostile reaction of the orthodox authorities and the Inquisition. It was not until 1543 – the year of his death – that he eventually published his complete work On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres.
It is clear from the extent of the criticism of his work that Copernicus challenged not only the knowledge of the cosmos, as portrayed by the church, but he challenged knowledge itself: should... (more)
It's fifteen degrees outside. Fahrenheit. Heavy icicles are hanging from the roof and window sills threatening to fall and crash the wooden veranda underneath. The pond has turned into a solid block of ice, thick enough for an adults to stand on. It's as quiet as only a land covered with snow can be. Silent, save the sound of trickling water.
If you followed the sound, so unnatural to this frozen world, you would find that it came from the roof. Tick, tick, tick, the snow on the roof is melting drop after drop, in a regular pace of an ancient clock.
It's not a special house.... (more)
Let's continue our exploration of the birth of modern science ...
Since early history the scientists who studied the heavens were the only scholars to use mathematics, and the terms astronomer, astrologer and mathematician were virtually interchangeable. They calculated the dates of the holy days, developed methods to draw astrological charts, and forecast the position of the zodiac signs and the movement of the planets. However, despite their skillful observations, measurement and calculations, many open issues remained unanswered, some unquestioned. Their theories could not account... (more)
In the recent elections, voters sent Obama a clear message about their dissatisfaction of the way he handled the economy. Republicans celebrate. But to satisfy voters, Republicans, too, will have to examine, and often let go of, their most fundamental beliefs.It was the belief in minimal government intervention which created the credit crisis that led to the current state of the economy. It is the belief in free markets that moved jobs to cheaper places and increased unemployment. Many of the richest republican supporters, who blame the Obama administration for the job losses, have... (more)
It was my favorite present, a book, and not just an ordinary book. With a boy and a girl sitting on an origami animal, smiling and waving at me from the hard sky-blue cover, this was my first book in color. “My First Encyclopedia,” grandma read the letters on the cover, and I delved in.
A picture of a tall gray skyscraper in New York; an Eskimo wearing white fur and holding a spear standing by his Igloo; an English double-decker riding the streets of London, and a rickshaw pulled through the alleys of India. Each page was a treasure of hand-drawn pictures, and under each picture, a caption,... (more)