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- Books and Films - The Story of Science (BBC documentary presented by Michael Mosley)
- The Story Of Science: What Is Out There review
- Accessibility links
We are the product not of purpose, but of chance mutations. Actually, two big problems, according to Barr: its beginning and its end. Humans were lower than angels and higher than plants and animals, but in no sense we were at the center. In fact, the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures depict God casting out man, sending him into exile. Also, even in the Greek picture the central place was not the most exalted. As with many of the best stories, this one has a plot twist at the end.
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And not just one plot twist, but at least five. Jews and Christians have always believed that the world, and time itself, had a beginning, whereas materialists and atheists have tended to imagine the world has always existed. Modern skeptics have generally followed suit. In their minds, the idea of a beginning of time is associated with religious conceptions, not with scientific theory, and those scientists who believe in a beginning do so for religious reasons, not scientific reasons.
Indeed, by the nineteenth century almost all the scientific evidence seemed to point to an eternal universe. When you combine that discovery with research built on top of the model, you have an overwhelming amount of support for a universe that began in the finite past. With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe.
There is no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning.
In the materialist story above, the world is governed not by a personal God but by impersonal laws. And those laws flow from the laws of quantum electrodynamics. And so on, and so forth. Indeed, few people, if any, in the nineteenth century would have wondered why there are three spatial dimensions. But today, those beliefs are not taken for granted. Physicists speak of many universes and many dimensions of space. In the materialist story of the world, science has definitively shown that we were not meant to be here.
Except now, science is telling a different story. A little deviation in one direction or the other in the way the world and its laws are put together, and we would not be here. It looks very much now like the story may turn out the other way. If only matter exists, as the materialist thinks, then the human mind must be a machine.
As a former prep school History Department chair at Landon School who made it a habit to teach everything in our department, I have probably used 20 different textbooks, including ones for courses in AP U. I go to conferences and scout around for the best texts, because they can play a critical role in the value of the course for the students. Joy Hakim's work is the best I can find She emphasizes narrative and tries to tell compelling stories about historical figures, with particular attention to their youth My students like her stories and it is easy for me to get these not-always-eager readers to do so when it's one of her books.
She has made the study of the history of science incredibly approachable for a great target audience: middle schoolers. It would work equally well, however, for high school [and freshman college] students. The sophistication of the material, at times, is really beyond our students, but I think it's best to be ambitious with them and teach it since it is so compelling. There are two traits to the series that make it so good.
First, as far as I know, she is the sole writer. Texts are typically written by committees, and often handed down and revised through the years. This makes for prose that reads as if it's been written, well, by a committee.
Books and Films - The Story of Science (BBC documentary presented by Michael Mosley)
I can't remember ever reading anything written by a group and thinking, "that's fantastic. This is actually obvious by virtue of the images she chooses to highlight her work. When I use her U. History series, I know the iconic pictures I want to show the students. When I used to teach with other texts, I had to go out and find them.
Hakim's books seem to have virtually all of them there. She is a compelling storyteller, she knows what interests young people, and she creates enthusiasm for history and all its associated subjects. I've deleted his name, but am delighted that I'm reaching someone like this very bright man. It's also nice to hear about that astonishing jump in a test score. Dear Joy Hakim, I would like you to know that your wonderful books are enjoyed not only by children but adults as well.
I purchased The Story of Science set a few years ago from an ad in the Smithsonian, and had them available for my children as a reference. Myself, I looked through them and enjoyed the fantastic quality of the material. I have to admit I didn't read them as a novel yet , however this was about to change. A little background first, I am 44, I left High School at 16 and went right to work full time. I have always loved books and felt somewhat of an accomplished reader. Skip ahead a few decades and I was about to discover my employment hinged on a diploma or a GED.
Taking a pre-test to check where I stood, Science was my lowest score, passable, but my mentor suggested some refresher study. I immediately thought of your books. Starting with the first and reacquainting myself with Pathaegarons theory and being able to not only understand but able to appreciate how it can apply to life, I must have been absent that day it was covered or I wasn't paying attention. Continuing on to "Newton at the Center", I haven't been able to put it down, and with last nights moon all I could think of was the chapters on Galileo.
To sketch the moon with such a limited telescope my entry level Celestron doesn't look to bad. To sum things up, my final test on Science had a couple questions regarding information I had come across in " The Story of Science". Now, I am not saying I was perfect, but my score went up points.
Writing originated outside of Europe, pottery and ceramics, the wheel, the shovel, all of these were created outside of Western Europe - and without them, those basic inventions, then there would have been no material basis for Western Europe's scientific revolution. Um, my initial comment didn't speak on the Quran, somebody else brought that bullsit up. In fact, I never even alluded to the Quran.
I have only just watched the "What is Out There", the first episode so far. As an astronomy teacher and lecturer for years, I found this very well done and would at least endorse this one episode wholeheartedly. I especially enjoyed the dramatic recreations of history in the beautiful and actual on site locations in Prague Czechoslovakia and Venice Italy.
It makes me want to travel there now and continue my award winning astronomy art. I cannot explain how deeply grateful I am to have access to this website. I read, and only watch the science channel, pbs, and occasionally a decent DOC which sadly is no longer the case on national geographic or history on television. Now I can watch a plethora of DOCS not saying all of them are the greatest that coincides with my studies as well as it being interesting and thought provoking as a whole. Thank you topdocs, I'm so glad I found you! I was taken a little aback with Wegener's responsible for continental drift theory fate in episode 3.
When the narrator said that he died on an expedition and was buried under the ice, and started out "he died on expedition to greenland", and continued "Because of continental drift.. When he said, instead, that "because of continental drift, his body is now 2 meters further from his homeland", well, I guess I got a perverse kick out of it.
Overall a good series. Britain centric of course. Heaven forbid that other inventors like Nikola Tesla be introduced. Editing was good. Story line was good.
The Story Of Science: What Is Out There review
The narrator did a wonderful job. I wasn't too crazy about his pink shirt at first or maybe its mauve however as the series went on, I completely lost notice of it. Interesting because he wears it throught the whole series for color consistency. No revolutionary ground breaking ideas just a good summation of science discoveries to date from a British centric perspective.
And since this is a BBC program you really cannot knock them for that.
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Here the BBC does a great documentary on the mechanics of the human body and the discoveries over time that revealed how the human body works. The title of this episode should be "What is the human body? Because when it comes to discussing "What is life? The first part is the biology and mechanics of the human body. Here the DNA sequence tweaked over the past million years creates an incredibly complex biological machine.
The human body is the hardware part of the human equation. It is born, reproduces itself, and then dies.
This is the spirit part of the human body that makes us individuals. The spirit part of consciousness is fused with the human brain at the quantum level. This process happens after the brain has been developed and can occur before birth or shortly after birth. The spirit in this case is NOT to be confused with religion. The spirit is a part of the life force that resides in a spirit dimension at the quantum level of the universe.
This spirit dimension can be thought of as the accumulated life force and knowledge of the universe. When people experience an NDE, Near Death Experience, there is a common story of their spirit essence leaving their body and heading back to the spiritual dimension.