9th November 2010
Link reblogged from Mohandas Gandhi with 58 notes
These are some pretty ridiculous comments I’m seeing, in particular, the last one.
I want the average person to think about the vastness of science and then name some simple physics equations. Why, despite so many being unable to explain the meaning, can we recite E=mc2? What was so famous about Einstein’s era? The bomb. Nuclear technology brought about a radical change in science and politics and these contributions have been widely discussed. Why can’t we recite the Maxwell equations, which brought about the theories of electromagnetism and allowed Einstein to start off on firm ground? Think about the era in which Einstein lived and how many other great scientists have lived and have never been popularized. All scientific discoveries are equally as significant, as they each contribute to our feeble understanding of how our universe works.
Carl Sagan actually made many significant contributions to his field and authored over 600 papers, many of which my father read when he was in grad school, read to me as a kid, and I now own. Carl Sagan thought it was better to draw out that sense of scientific wonder in people rather than to pump out scientific paper after scientific paper for monetary purposes and recognition. I don’t see what’s so unworthy about being an educator and getting a people excited about science again. There is nothing greater than knowledge and fulfilling one’s capacity to explore the wonders of the universe.
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Carl Sagan lead an extraordinary life and contributed to science in perhaps one of the most important ways imaginable.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010