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“You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”

— Rene Descartes

"Nearly every understanding is gained by a painful struggle in which belief and unbelief are dramatically interwoven. "

--- Leopold Infeld ..

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scientifictesseract:

Future scientists are being crushed by schools.

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"The danger years are junior high school and high school. That’s when it’s literally CRUSHED out of us. Every little flower of curiosity, said Einstein,  IS CRUSHED by society itself. Because We have to learn all these facts, figures, and memorizations; we think that memorization IS science. And that’s not true at all. "

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"I wanted to take that textbook and rip it to pieces. Because that exam was crushing curiosity right out of the next generation. And then we wonder " HEY, how come people are not more interested in science?! DUH. " " 

Memorization does not = science. And I HATE classes completely based on memorization. And then they wonder, gee, where are all the scientists? 

I almost gave up on science in junior high school and high school because the explanation he gave was my experience in those grades as well.

I feel the same way Kaku.  I couldn’t have chose better words.

In high school for my science fair project I assembled an atom smasher in my mom’s garage. I went to the Westinghouse company and gathered 400 pounds of scrap transformer steel. Over Christmas I wound 22 miles of copper wire on the high school football field. Eventually I built a 2.3 million-electron volt betatron particle accelerator, which consumed 6 kilowatts of power (the entire output of my house) and generated a magnetic field of 20,000 times the Earth’s magnetic field. The goal was to create a beam of gamma rays powerful enough to create antimatter.

Michio Kaku in [ ” Physics of the Impossible”]

napalm-in-the-morning:

Fun little fact.
Michio Kaku was offered a scholarship at Harvard University after creating a particle accelerator in his parents garage which blew out the electricity for his entire street.I don’t care if he’s a “Pop-Scientist”, he’s still awesome.
If he was the ruler of the world we’d already be colonizing Mars.  

napalm-in-the-morning:

Fun little fact.

Michio Kaku was offered a scholarship at Harvard University after creating a particle accelerator in his parents garage which blew out the electricity for his entire street.
I don’t care if he’s a “Pop-Scientist”, he’s still awesome.

If he was the ruler of the world we’d already be colonizing Mars.  

“A hundred years ago, Auguste Compte, … A great philosopher, said  that humans will never be able to visit the stars, that we will never  know what stars are made out of, that that’s the one thing that science  will never ever understand, because they’re so far away. And then, just a  few years later, scientists took starlight, ran it through a prism,  looked at the rainbow coming from the starlight, and said: ‘Hydrogen!’  Just a few years after this very rational, very reasonable, very  scientific prediction was made, that we’ll never know what stars are  made of.” 
-Michio Kaku
“Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is  one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the  height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in  that enormous immensity.” 
-Werner von Braun
“Science has found not only that the universe has a reeling and  ecstatic grandeur, not only that it is accessible to human  understanding, but also that we are, in a very real and profound sense, a  part of that cosmos, born from it, our fate deeply connected with it.  The most basic human events and the most trivial trace back to the  universe and it’s origins.”
 -Carl Sagan

“A hundred years ago, Auguste Compte, … A great philosopher, said that humans will never be able to visit the stars, that we will never know what stars are made out of, that that’s the one thing that science will never ever understand, because they’re so far away. And then, just a few years later, scientists took starlight, ran it through a prism, looked at the rainbow coming from the starlight, and said: ‘Hydrogen!’ Just a few years after this very rational, very reasonable, very scientific prediction was made, that we’ll never know what stars are made of.” 

-Michio Kaku

“Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.” 

-Werner von Braun

“Science has found not only that the universe has a reeling and ecstatic grandeur, not only that it is accessible to human understanding, but also that we are, in a very real and profound sense, a part of that cosmos, born from it, our fate deeply connected with it. The most basic human events and the most trivial trace back to the universe and it’s origins.”

-Carl Sagan

"A hundred years ago, Auguste Compte, … A great philosopher, said that humans will never be able to visit the stars, that we will never know what stars are made out of, that that’s the one thing that science will never ever understand, because they’re so far away. And then, just a few years later, scientists took starlight, ran it through a prism, looked at the rainbow coming from the starlight, and said: ‘Hydrogen!’ Just a few years after this very rational, very reasonable, very scientific prediction was made, that we’ll never know what stars are made of." 

-Michio Kaku

"Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity." 

-Werner von Braun

"Science has found not only that the universe has a reeling and ecstatic grandeur, not only that it is accessible to human understanding, but also that we are, in a very real and profound sense, a part of that cosmos, born from it, our fate deeply connected with it. The most basic human events and the most trivial trace back to the universe and it’s origins."

-Carl Sagan

Some people seek meaning in life through personal gain, through personal relationship, or through personal experiences. However, it seems to me that being blessed with the intellect to divine the ultimate secrets of nature gives meaning enough to life.

Michio Kaku, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension