I was laying in my backyard yesterday, in my hammock, watching the last leaves of a great big white oak tree come falling down. It was a beautiful day, cold, crisp and gorgeous…As I was watching the leaves coming down, I was wondering what makes them turn color in autumn - today I know that the oak leaves turn brown as they prepare for winter, wastes are left after the chlorophyll leaves the leaf…Maples have small amounts of reds and yellows in them all year long, only those colors are covered up by the chlorophyll during the summer months, and as winter approached and the chlorophyll leaves the leaf the yellows and oranges become more evident.
This is Grammar school science, but someone must have decided to study this at some point in our history to bring this knowledge forth.
Just as Newton took his apple and expounded on gravity and Hawking looked at black holes and Einstein did his thing…there was a first time for everything.
If you were to pick a scinece of which you would have liked to be the pioneer, which one would it be and why? I would have liked pioneering the study of (Place answer here)?
Personally, I would have loved to be Jacques-Yves Cousteau - an explorer of everything under the sea…
Fine, give me neuroscience, then. All those guys who figured out what part of the brain does what, more or less, from studying stroke patients and brain-injured folks - awesome. I’d love to have a lobe named after me.
I’ll take any branch of physiology, really. The body is so cool. How it works and how it screws up. I’d totally do med school and get into pathology if I had the patience. But I don’t.
If I was just interested in the glory of it all, I’d definitely go for nuclear physics. Thems where all the Nobels are. Plus, you get to have an element and/or a national lab named after you. Sure there’s all the guilt about the bomb, but that’s minor when you basking in the glow of the reactor pool.
But seriously, it would have been cool to be in my profession (environmental science) about 30 years ago when things were first starting to get good!
Aeronautics. (I bet you all thought I was going to say Ballistics, didn’t you? ) Admittedly, most of my development would probably be focused on Airships (which are retro-cool in any number of ways) and Flying Boats, which are also retro-cool and long overdue for a comeback, IMHO.
At the very least, it would be pretty cool to read official WWI histories and Biggles books about the RFC fighting the Germans in Enfield Camel planes, with Enfield-Sunderland Flying Boats ensuring that Enfield Empire Airways offered safe, reliable, regular, affordable flights to the far, exotic corners of the globe…
Man is the center of the universe spiritually, for as Jesus teaches, “God is spirit. We must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” Our scientific discoveries serve to glorify God, as science is His means of revealing His world to us. But this is not the world we will inhabit for eternity; therefore, our geographic location within it is without significance. As Jesus teaches, “I go to prepare a place for you. Were it not so, I would tell you plainly.”