“Kid, you are a scientist.”

What’s life without the world within us, a perpetually unfolding space that is the kaleidoscope to our reality? Children, being so free from the constraints of adulthood, roam in and out of this space without care, bringing traces from one world to another. These are the years of soft imaginings; of observing the world like… Continue reading “Kid, you are a scientist.”

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“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space.”

Democritus, or fondly called the Laughing Professor, was the first person to theorize the existence of atoms 400 years before Jesus Christ and a millennia before the invention of algebra: Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. A thousand years before the invention of telescope and microscope, Democritus vividly imagined that… Continue reading “Nothing exists except atoms and empty space.”

“Science, too, is a religious pursuit.”

I’m constantly perplexed by the science versus religion debates that seek differences and separations rather than symmetry, which is an attempt that feels more political than for humanity. To many people, these dramatized scenes are mere entertainments. But to some people, the questioning of gods and religion is really a perpetual existential question. Whether that’s… Continue reading “Science, too, is a religious pursuit.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” said Einstein; the man who endured years of telescoping into the unknown and meddling in the invisible fabrics of the universe, the mathematics and physics. We often disconnect math and the arts; the pure and the imagination; the objective and the subjective. Yet math, in the hands and minds… Continue reading “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

“A Catholic astronomer theorized Big Bang.”

If you're sure about something, you don't need faith. It's when you have the doubts that faith kicks in. And that's true in science as well as anything else. - Guy Consolmagno Already arriving at peace with the magnetizing mystery in the interplay of science and religion, Guy Consolmagno can console himself, knowing there is… Continue reading “A Catholic astronomer theorized Big Bang.”

“Vatican church has astronomers, too.”

Can science and religion meet; embracing each other like a soulmate, unveiling depths within each other? For years, we are used to seeing debates, instead of duet, between science and religion, both in the popular media and public conversation, to the point that we believe the two don’t co-exist. A religious person fears scientific truth… Continue reading “Vatican church has astronomers, too.”

“How Humboldt resurrected the word Cosmos.”

Etymologically speaking, cosmos derived from the Greek word kosmos that means order or world. But we don't deliberately use this word to mean the holistic interactions within the universe until Alexander von Humboldt used it in his five-volume treatise Kosmos. An obsessive note-taker, Humboldt traveled from Germany to South America to explore, observe, and record… Continue reading “How Humboldt resurrected the word Cosmos.”