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10-11-2013, 03:27 AM
RE: The elegant nature of science
I don't know if anyone has posted this (too many pages to look through) but Michael Mosley's series The Story of Science is an excellent introduction to the history of Western science.

Episode One: What Is Out There?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pii_PVrYpOw

Episode Two: What is the World Made Of?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG5YNBJhQuo

Episode Three: How Did We Get Here?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LVWuPHLiCw

Episode Four: Can We Have Unlimited Power?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lb-WlEiJw

Episode Five: What Is the Secret of Life?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkTUBH0Vb84

Episode Six: Who Are We?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5sfACdOej8

The history of science is important because:
--it demonstrates how difficult it was to acquire the knowledge that we have
today;
--it is filled with many elegant and ingenious experiments; and
--it helps preserve the memory of some truly great humans.

The Story of Science - Episode 2: What is the World Made Of? documents the life and death of Antoine Lavoisier. I think driving Alan Turing to suicide and beheading Lavoisier were amongst two of the biggest mistakes humans have made in the history of science and technology. When I think of what may have been I feel a tinge of sorrow.

This idea is in one sense a truism but in another sense profound: humans have learnt everything that they have about the universe and themselves on their own. I think you come to appreciate the full significance of this when you read the history of science and technology. Humans have had no help from anywhere--not aliens, not demons, not Satan, not gods. The first Homo sapiens were not given a manual of basic science. No scripture communicates anything useful. If the Torah had a primitive periodic table of elements that not only would have provided indirect evidence of special origin it would also have helped humans. Yahweh could have told the patriarchs "This means nothing to you now but you must transcribe it accurately and in time your descendenta will realise its value". No such luck. Instead a bunch of myths and rules.
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RE: The elegant nature of science - kim - 18-11-2011, 03:20 PM
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