Alan Lightman, a physicist, social entrepreneur, and creative writer of various works, including Our Place in the Universe: “Face to Face with the Infinite,” is written for the general public. This essay, takes the reader through humanity’s scientific discovery. For example, in his introduction, Lightman catches the reader’s attention by telling his own story so the readers can relate to it. Throughout the essay, the concept of size is predominant. Lightman conveys our place in the universe through the representation of a scale to let readers understand the universe. In this scale, Lightman starts small with the progress of human civilization and our measure of maps. This scale slowly becomes larger going from maps to valleys to cities to
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“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever,” affirms Anthony Doerr revealing a story buried in World War II through his novel All the Light We Cannot See. Doerr is the Winner of the Pulitzer Award for fiction because of this exquisitely written novel, which transports you back to the 1940s through the author’s imagination and magical writing style. The story takes place in Saint-Malo and follows the parallel lives of two gifted children. Werner, a German orphan boy that his remarkable radio skills grant him the opportunity to attend the Hitler Youth Academy.
Seminar 2 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (241 - 274) Facilitator: Tony Wang Introduction • In “Old Ladies’ Resistance Club”, readers could feel the positive power and hope brought by old ladies in Saint-Malo. They used their wisdom and braveness to do anything that could disrupt or cause discomfort to their enemy, German Nazi (252-253). • In “Diagnosis”, when doctor examined Reinhold von Rumpel, he was still dreaming about being the greatest lapidary and finding real “Sea of Flames”. However, at the end of the examination, the doctor gave the diagnosis that he might have grim disease (254-255).
In David Christian’s World History in Context” he talks about several forms of spatial and temporal scales. First Christian discusses the Ptolemaic system a spatial scale from medieval Europe. They believed that “ the earth was at the center of a series of transparent spheres” ( pg. 2 ). The people of medieval Europe also believed each sphere has its own solar system with stars, planets, and sun, and they all orbit around Earth. It wasn’t until Copernicus in the sixteenth century that the idea of the earth revolving around the sun was considered and it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that people started to think that the universe was “infinite in time and space.”
Albert Einstein asserts that the mystery of the world is so complex that it almost seems as a gift that humans are able to understand it so accurately. “The appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve” (244). The gifts that we have on this earth, such as the laws of physics, makes life for all beings a lot more simple because there are so many ways of understanding life in a more thorough, less complicated fashion. Physicist Eugene Wigner claims, “In the case of the crossword, it would never occur to us to suppose that the words just happened to fall into a consistent interlocking pattern by accident…” (244). With this metaphor we are taught that things fall into natural order.
It is after two paragraphs exploring notions of man’s cosmic connection that Sagan asserts his first claim in the essay, “plainly there is no way back… we are stuck with science” (1). The compassionate tone persists even in assertions, as seen through the use of first person. More compassionate is the gentle acknowledgement of the pseudoscience appeal. “Yes, the world would be a more interesting place if there were UFOs lurking in the deep waters off Bermuda… or if our dreams could, more often than can be explained by chance and our knowledge of the world, accurately foretell the future” (1). This series of sentences ends the introduction.
To belong to something is to share a sense of connection with a person, place or object. Many aspects of an individual’s life spans from the different relationships and experiences that they encounter, enriching their sense of belonging. The relationships between the main protagonists in Khaled Hosseini’s ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and Michael Kieran’s experiences presented in the ‘Your Story’ podcasts have a clear representation of how an individual’s sense of belonging can strengthen with relations and experience. Even if people’s experiences and relationships seem similar to another, they are all different because the different perspectives they gain from it develops an individual’s character.
Dillard uses perspectives from multiple sources to provide views of both sides. Dillard’s essay describes how the universe is a paradox through her stories that describe its beauty and cruelty, and she came to the conclusion that this duality was made in earnest to grow our understanding of the universe on our own. Dillard explains the duality
The film Einstein and Eddington unfolds the story of how Arthur Eddington contributed to Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Einstein was the one who first introduced the concept of relativity, but Eddington was the one who finished the theory by proving Einstein’s claim. It all started when Eddington found out an anomaly with the behavior of Mercury; that Mercury’s behavior is against Newton’s theory. Eddington used Mercury as a counter example to disprove Newton’s theory. He consulted Einstein about this because Einstein’s theory seems to justify Mercury’s behavior and not the theory of Newton.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was originally a BBC radio broadcast1. It combines comedy and science fiction. It is the first novel in a series of five books and was published in 1979. The name of the novel refers to the electronic travel guide mentioned in the novel. Douglas Adams was the creator of the series which sold millions of books and let to numerous adaptions in TV and on stage.
The big planet resembles both the earth and the outer space. The book is significant for this study as it stresses on the relevance of civilization. The weakness is that it depends more on fiction and it is somehow difficult to either believe or even understand some of the facts in the book. George, B. (2011). Civilized life in the universe: Scientists on intelligent extraterrestrials.
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams is the third book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Against a civilization that wishes for the total destruction of all other life, the main character, Arthur Dent, and his friends must save the Universe from Krikkit and its deadly wish. A group of robots that escaped from the Slo-Time seal on Krikkit attempt to hunt down all the pieces of the gate. Consequently, Arthur and his friends are rushing to stop them. Traveling from the Lord’s Cricket grounds on Earth to an airborne party lasting multiple generations, Arthur and his friends venture off to prevent these robots from gaining all the pieces of the gate.
The term “Big History” created and spearheaded by historian David Christian, which refers to an academic discipline that has been established that evaluates history from the Big Bang to the Modern world that we live in. The analysis entails looking at the universe from significantly long time frames through the use of diverse multidisciplinary approach. The multidisciplinary approaches are based on numerous concepts derived from science and humanities that make it possible to analyze the existence of human beings from a wider perspective. The Big History integrates diverse studies such as the Earth, Cosmos, Humanity and life from an empirical evidence perspective aimed at exploring cause and effect relation to establish the origin of the universe.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is known as one of the most influential science fiction writers. With his imagination and writing ability, his books were loved by many and still are to this day. Clarke brought his experiences into his life and used his writing to express himself in a unique way. By looking at Childhood’s End, one can see that Arthur C. Clarke included the themes of technology and space exploration because of his curiosity of the unknown.
RESEARCH STATEMENT The enigmatic sky which once used to sing silent lullabies at night, one day tempted my developing consciousness to explore the perplex puzzles hidden there. For days, I kept on thinking about the vast mysterious kingdom up in the sky- millions of light years away from us. Consequently, it expanded my curiosity in such a level that I could not stop myself from peeping into it deeply in order to have some hope to apprehend the factual scenario. It was a stupendous experience to cognise the field, ’Physics’, not only dealing with the nature, but also explaining the relationship between the forces existing.