Tomás Quintero: Unit 6 Assignment 1


I think it’s depressing to think that the “individual condition of each of us is tragic (page 6),” comes from a place of truth. We are all inherently alone, always in our heads with something going on. We don’t necessarily know what is happening around us unless we are told that it has, in which “sometimes we escape from solitariness, though love or affection or perhaps creative moments, but those triumphs of life are pools of light we make for ourselves while the edge of the road is black: each of us dies alone (page 6).” 


Have there been major cases in which “the clashing point of two subjets, two disciplines, two cultures––of two galaxies, so far as that goes––ought to produce creative chances (page 16)” has occurred?

Top 10 Scientific Theories I Recognized:

  • Albert Einstein: Special Relativity
  • Alfred Wegener: Plate Tectonics
  • Antoine Lavoisier: Oxygen theory of combustion
  • Charles Darwin: Evolution by Natural Selection
  • Copernicus: Heliocentrism
  • Game Theory: John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern
  • Max Planck, Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born, Paul Dirac: Quantum Theory

Top 10 Scientific Experiments I Recognized:

  • Eratosthenes Measures the World: First Recorded Measurement of Earth’s Circumference
  • Gregor Mendel Cultivates Genetics: The fundamental rules of genetic inheritance
  • Isaac Newton Eyes Optics: The nature of color and light
  • Ivan Pavlov’s Dog: The discovery of conditioned reflexes
  • Marie Curie’s Work Matters: Defining radioactivity 
  • Robert Millikan Gets a Charge: The precise value of a single electron’s charge
  • William Harvey Takes the Pulse of Nature: The discovery of blood circulation
  • Young, Davisson and Germer See Particles of the Wave: The wavelike nature of light and electrons 

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