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2 March 2010

My Essay (Part I) - Science

Many times as a child, you often found yourself asking questions that sounds like this: “mom, why is the sky blue?” or “papa, how humans exist?” or “why are they stars?” Questions like this sounds simple, but they pack a punch. Usually parents (and most other people) always find it hard to answer, that’s why we always get answers like “Hush, do not talk with your mouth full.”

The fact is that for simple questions like these, the answers are most of the time not simple and it requires profound understanding in the mechanics of nature (or religion if you want to include that as well) to answer it. These questions spawned from the curiosity that is in us since our birth and that is the reason why humans are deemed as a curious race.

Since the beginning of the thinking man, question like these has always bothered people as they look up into the night sky that is filled with stars or when they sees an apple falling. Then, with humanity’s genius of reasoning and logic, we try to answer the questions by building a physical law based on mathematical relations to explain these observations. Since then the development of ideas to explain the discovery of phenomenon over centuries has been a remarkable journey as many questions have been quite satisfyingly answered. The process is never ending and it continues today and is now what we recognized as Science.


Anonymous said...

a friend told me that the sky is not blue, and showed me how it changes colours!

Andrew.C said...

Hence, Raleigh scattering comes to rescue. Isn't that true CSC? =)

Anonymous said...

i am assuming CSC is your attempt at guessing my identity, to which i will not entertain with a comment.

Anonymous said...

"Since the beginning of the thinking man"

I dont know if you feel so, but i find that most of the more modern, more liberal writers rarely use the word man to describe us as a race these days. i think its more inline with our more gender-neutral behaviour.

Andrew.C said...


In that context, I was indeed referring to the much misogynistic past.