Tuesday, September 30, 2008
While reading The Scientific Revolution I read about Galileo Galilei, and I realized he did more than just invent the telescope and discover that the sun was the actual center of the universe. His discovery came from simply watching the sun and other moving objects in the skies above. He didn’t accept that the earth was the center of the universe he followed his curiosity and found something life changing for the entire population.
By publishing his findings he, “profoundly questioned a fundamental Aristotelian distinction between physics of the heavens and that of the Earth” (Shapin 17). Along with the discovery of the Sun being the center of the universe, he also discovered new planets, specifically Jupiter which had its own moons orbiting around it which proves that not everything revolves around the Earth. Also, he noticed black spots on the Sun, and the craters and unsmooth surface of the moon. These discoveries had a huge impact on people because it proved that was once believed to be the heavenly, perfect, universe is just as corrupt as Earth. I found this and many more facts about all of Gaileo’s discoveries at http://www.crystalinks.com/galileo.html.
Galileo also was the first to begin disproving Aristotle’s physics theories by actually testing them out. At one website, the author tells us that Galileo went to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and dropped two objects. He discovered that it is due to friction that the two objects pass through is why one falls faster than the other, not because of their densities which is what Aristotle had stated.
The website is: http://www.seed.slb.com/en/scictr/lab/galileo/bio.htm
It’s amazing how huge of an impact Galileo had on changing people’s views of what was right and what was fictional that they had been told. He was one of the first to really challenge religion and Aristotle’s way of thinking. He thought for himself and used experiments to try to figure things out. He didn’t take people’s words for it, he wanted to find out for himself. With all of his discoveries he made people question if anything they were told/taught was really true.
Shapin, Steven. The Scientific Revolution. New York: University of Chicago P, 1998. 16-20.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here is the website:
I then went to www.abc.com where I found the same topic, but covered very differently. They acknowledge that there was a small breakthrough where researchers had found that the levels of the peptide, Amyloid Beta 42 (Aß42), was a common thread with all the patients studied. However they don't see it becoming an actual test for Alzheimer's. They have many so called experts that are not specified as how they are experts, that agree it is not a reliable test. to tell if this will actually indicate the chances of someone getting Alzheimer's.
Here is the article:
Now for a little extra: both articles mentioned the same place where the information was found; The Proceedings for National Academy of Science:
In this review of the study, it says that it was tested on lab rats and for the most part, ABC was closer when saying this cannot be a reliable test to determine if someone is more likely to have Alzheimer;s, but it did shed insight on what is happening in the body that is infected with Alzheimer's disease.
After doing this assignment, I have realized how important it is to find the article from multiple sources to see who is giving you accurate information as well as accurate interpretations of the facts. So, in conclusion, the discovery that if peptide levels are high, you are more likely to have Alzheimers, it is not reliable enough to make a definite answer to someone who comes into the doctor's office asking. So in conclusion, the discoveries made in this recent experiment were some what ground breaking, it is merely a step in the right direction. It isn't a definite test to see if someone has a higher risk of having Alzheimer's but it will help scientists understand this mysterious disease. Secondly, always check the sources your source uses. These findings will give more specific information and facts so that you can come up with your own interpretations instead of relying on just one person's interpretations.
Monday, September 15, 2008
A few weeks ago I presented to my class on the Large Hadron Collider. What’s the Large Hadron Collider you ask? If you wish to know then take a look at the two articles I gathered information from. To sum it all up for those that don’t wish for a huge read, it was constructed by scientists to launch molecules across a 17 mile ring until they collided. They would then observe and record data from the collision in hopes of discovering how our universe came to be; a mini big bang per se.
The controversy around said L.H.C. was that it could by off chance create a black hole, strange matter, or some other odd thing that would bring around the end of society and earth as we know it.
Well who’s laughing now, over a week after the L.H.C. was turned on and we’re still here.
Article 1: Earth Will Survive After All, Physicists Say
By Dennis Overbye
Article 2: At the Heart of all Matter
By Joel Achenbach
Why did it matter to you?
To me it was an interesting thing to read about. I found the debates resulting from the L.H.C. more interesting then I did the actually possibilities the collider could present for science. I’m not all too excited about knowing how we came to be, nor is my brain even capable of understanding the possible results, I’m perfectly happy enjoying my life as it is. At times there are some things we shouldn’t know, I’m not sure if the same could be applied to a recreation of the big bang, but someone can let me know when they release their findings.
Why should it matter to us?
In a way it might not matter to the average person. The average person will most likely not understand the results of the L.H.C. That’s why before it was turned on a decent amount of people were debating about black holes and strange matter bringing around the end of everything. It is natural to fear what you don’t understand. Considering the scientists who created it themselves are merely running on theories, how much would the average person understand? That’s a lot to worry about. But in the end what is and has science been but a bunch of theories?
What effect will it have on people in general?
As for people in general, the repercussions on both sides of the project are huge, on one end we get destroyed, end of story. But if the experiment does succeed the results are boundless. Our current electronics such as laptops and Ipods run from technology derived from similar scientific experiments of a smaller scale then the L.H.C.
Is it “Revolutionary?”
Absolutely, what scientists find from the experiment should it continue as planned can be used in so many ways. But as well it will all come down to how it is used. Science is merely a tool used by man, so whether good or bad, the results will be revolutionary. We could be on the way to making technology superior to our own in the far off future to help in our daily lives. Or we could create weapons meant to destroy one another on a scale entirely leagues ahead of the atom bomb, yikes. The L.H.C will revolutionize the world, one way or another.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Mason, Michael. "How to Teach Science to the Pope." Discover Magazine. August 18, 2008. http://discovermagazine.com/2008/sep/18-how-to-teach-science-to-the-pope
Ptolemy. "Saving the Appearances" as it appears in Brian Baigrie's Scientific Revolutions: Primary Texts in the History of Science. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
Sagan, Carl. "Can We Know The Universe?" originally published in Broca's Brain, 1979. http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/sagan_science.html
Seed Media Group. Revolutionary Minds. Seed Magazine.com 2008. http://revminds.seedmagazine.com/
Shapin, Steven. The Scientific Revolution. Chicago: The University of Chicago press, 1996.
Watts, Ruth. "Gender, science and modernity in seventeenth-century England." Paedagogica Historica. 2005. 41, 1, 79-93. ISSN: 0030-9230.
Monday, September 1, 2008
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