The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

An artistic rendering of one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Originally shared by John Trikeriotis

An artistic rendering of one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The temple was destroyed by the invading Goths in 262 AD.

Unfortunately, all that remains of the temple is a single column which was constructed of fragments discovered on the site.

Image – Socorro Public Library

The Value of Science

The Value of Science

Originally shared by Corina Marinescu

The Value of Science

Richard Feynman included a poem in his address to the National Academy of Sciences:

I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think.
There are the rushing waves
mountains of molecules
each stupidly minding its own business
trillions apart
yet forming white surf in unison
Ages on ages
before any eyes could see
year after year
thunderously pounding the shore as now.
For whom, for what?
On a dead planet
with no life to entertain.
Never at rest
tortured by energy
wasted prodigiously by the Sun
poured into space.
A mite makes the sea roar.
Deep in the sea
all molecules repeat
the patterns of one another
till complex new ones are formed.
They make others like themselves
and a new dance starts.
Growing in size and complexity
living things
masses of atoms
DNA, protein
dancing a pattern ever more intricate.
Out of the cradle
onto dry land
here it is standing:
atoms with consciousness;
matter with curiosity.
Stands at the sea,
wonders at wondering: I
a universe of atoms
an atom in the Universe

Source:

http://www.math.ucla.edu/~mwilliams/pdf/feynman.pdf

Photo source:

http://www.basicfeynman.com/gallery.html