Life 115: The study of the atom

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I return comment for comment.Life 115: The study of the atom is the fifteenth in a series of posts I’m doing on inspirational quotes based on the book, Life 101: Everything We Wish We Had Learned About Life In School — But Didn’t. Previous Life series posts can be accessed by clicking here.

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Maybe something here will be that inspirational bell that can help you through a particularly tough day or time in your life.

  • “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”
    Sir William Henry Bragg (1862-1942), British physicist and chemist
  • “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.”
    Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German/American physicist
  • “Since finding out what something is, is largely a matter of discovering what it is like, the most impressive contribution to the growth of intelligibility has been made by the application of suggestive metaphors.
    Jonathan Miller (b. 1934), British neurologist
  • “Some problems are just too complicated for rational, logical solutoins. They admit of insights, not anwers.”
    Jerome Wiesner (1915-1994), American science educator
  • “The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggaage.”
    Mark Russell (b. 1932), American satirist and comedian
  • “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
    Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

I like that last quote by Arthur C. Clarke because it reminds me of a current Client who said she wanted to go back to the time of Jesus, but she wanted to take a digital camera; a television; a cigarette lighter; some penicillin, aspirin, and hydrogen peroxide; and various other modern things that were so far advanced that “Jesus just might have some competition.” (I’ll add that said Client is a devout Christian.)

This chapter of the book is one of the longer ones so far, and it has a lot of science in it, making for some tedious reading for many, but I liked the way it ends: “So what does a chapter on atomic physics have to do with … life? A few facts of life can be gleaned from the study of the atom:

  1. “There is more nothing than something, even in things that appear to have more something than nothing.
  2. “Everything is always in motion, even things that don’t appear to have moved in millions of years.
  3. “The perception that things are solid and stationary is an illusion.
  4. “All life is energy ‘pretending’ to be something.
  5. “This energy somehow responds to human interactions.”

So get out there and interact! 


My most recent 10 blog posts

  1. Life 101 series – various dates
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  5. You heel! – 2/14/09
  6. Why are you doing things you hate? – 2/14/09
  7. February is Museum Month in San Diego County – 2/12/09
  8. Red is for more than roses and Valentine’s Day – 2/11/09
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