Humanity in an Inhuman World?

To elaborate on the poem we read in class, here’s the video of celebrated scientist Richard Feynman (instrumental to our development of quantum mechanics and particle physics) explaining science in a nutshell:

Blogger and science commentator Robert Krulwich connects this idea – that the physical, inanimate world is indifferent to our attempts to define it scientifically – to Wislawa Szymborska’s poem. We focus so much on the human element in our course material, that both of these perspectives – the scientific and the literary – give us a view from the other side of things.

To reread the poem or view Robert Krulwich’s post in its entirety, click here.

And since we’re talking about science – here’s a little Neil Degrasse Tyson for your day.


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