By Frans W. Saris
Why do people interact in clinical examine? For a few, it’s easily a profession. Others are attracted to technology for its capability monetary rewards. And nonetheless others do it out of competitiveness—to be the 1st of their box. yet in Darwin Meets Einstein Frans W. Saris argues that during our postmodern instances we have now misplaced the that means of science—that technology isn't approximately pageant, nor approximately earning profits, nor concerning the pleasure of discovery. technological know-how is for survival—the survival of people, the survival of life.
In this obtainable choice of essays and columns, Saris brings jointly in dialog a couple of nice minds—Charles Darwin, Baruch Spinoza, Niko Tinbergen, Francis Bacon, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Franz Kafka, and Albert Einstein—to resolution the query: why technology? With choices like “Diary of a Physicist,” “The medical Life,” “The mom of All Knowledge,” and “Science during the having a look Glass of Literature,” Darwin Meets Einstein will entertain its readers and eventually inspire them to reassess the meaning—and the purpose—of science.
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The feeling of freedom after having been locked up in rows of people: in front of the KLM check-in, waiting for customs, inside the airplane and customs again. The radio blares the latest hits while I drive through the New York hills on my way to a former co-worker who has left to find his way to Brookhaven National Labs to go and work there. He lives in a country mansion in a park close to the sea, not even an hour’s drive from Kennedy Airport. In the landscape where Woody Allen films in case the scene is not set in Manhattan, this Dutch physicist rents a huge summer mansion from a millionaire from Brooklyn.
Darwin Meets Einstein: On the Meaning of Science by Frans W. Saris