This article was extremely relevant in the 1980s because of the looming threat of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia. In his publication, Sagan assesses the environmental, social and economical consequences of a nuclear war; he relies more on facts and figures, rather than rhetoric devices, and makes use of personal anecdotes and prior knowledge about the subject to support his claims, along with simple, but slightly harsh and threatening language to get the urgency of his message across to his readers. Sagan begins the article with some facts and figures to discuss what he believes would be the possible outcomes of a nuclear war; he explores the occurrence of increased ozone depletion due to conversion of nitrogen in
The “Science” of Marcelo Gleiser’s Arguments Marcelo Gleiser is a physicist, author, and professor at Dartmouth who writes articles for NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. His recent articles cover varied topics from the scientific method and ethics, to climate and technology, and even UFOs. Gleiser writes his articles so that he is the voice of reason, neither riling the most extreme nor the most skeptical science fan. His target audience appears to include both scientists and the average adult who cares for the future. Many science writers tend to be boring and give straight facts and knowledge, but Gleiser speaks more simply and appeals to those who are not necessarily as educated.
Susan Sontag, an author of the essay “Imagination Disaster,” explores the world of science fiction as she discusses the tropes in films from the mid-1900s. Throughout her essay, Sontag analyzes why these types of films were created, and basically ties her discussion with humanity. With the growing technological advances, science fiction films state specific things about how science threatens humanity. She also ties her discussion to how sci-fi films tend to serve an attempt at distributing a balance between humanity and the technological world. Sontag claims that science fiction films has suspense, shock, surprises, has an inexorable plot, and how they invite a dispassionate, aesthetic view of destruction and violence.
According to Newsmakers (2010) Sparks found success with his first novel, which he began writing in 1994 and published in 1996. The novel was only of 40,000 words. It was set in North Carolina, where most of his novels are set in. It focuses on the love story of a young man in touch with nature, Noah Calhoun, and Allie. Like most of his stories, Allie’s family disapproves of the relationship and they break up after a summer together.
The author, C.S. Lewis, combined his childhood love of fantasy and his Christian faith to relay the story of Jesus Christ to children. By doing so, Lewis ultimately created a story that people of all ages came to know, symbolizing what formed the religion Christianity in a unique way.
This was written by Charles Darwin and discussed all of his theories on evolution. His wife did not want him to publish it for over twenty-years because she didn’t want to upset the church. This book is what made evolution known to the public. Many of his theories were incorrect and have been proven wrong by scientists. He believes that all life was evolved from particles.
However this changed after he attended a lecture based on black holes where he was inspired to prove that with a single equation, time had a beginning. It could be seen from the beginning of the movie, that Stephen had a glitch in his speech, gross and fine motor skills and as he was rushing to let his professor know that he had solved his theory, he stumbled and fell hitting his head on the sidewalk. Upon admission to the hospital, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS and was expected to live for only two years. His diagnosis however did not stop Jane from loving him nor did it stop him from continuing his research. The two eventually got married and started a family and Stephen’s theory was proven right and he was awarded his Doctorate degree based on his revolutionary research based on time.
Thinking further and associated his observations with all these theories, which made more sense. Darwin observed that there were thirteen types of finches and the only differences between them were their beaks and that they each were suitable for the type of food they ate. Also observed, traits from parents can be passed to their offspring. The organisms had more offspring that their environment could “handle”. He noticed that resources were running out and that caused competition between groups.
Before modern technology allowed astronomers to determine the exact distances between the Earth and other objects in the solar system, they had to rely on alternative methods to make these measurements. Two scientists who made some of these early measurements were Johannes Kepler and Giovanni Cassini. Kepler used the time of a planet’s orbit to determine the relative distance between the Earth and other objects, while Cassini used the parallax method to estimate distances. Johannes Kepler was born in 1571 in a small town called Weil der Swadt in Swabia, Germany and is well known for discovering the three laws of planetary motion. In 1589 he began his college level education in Tubingen at the Protestant university there.