Scientific Discovery: A Historically Collaborative Effort

Scientific Discovery: A Historically Collaborative Effort

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” This quote by Isaac Newton says it all. With billions of people on the earth, we can’t discover the universe alone. Usually one scientist is credited with a specific discovery that has changed our beliefs about the scientific world, but in reality these discoveries don’t just come to these scientists as prophecies. These revolutionary ideas, such as E = mc2,…

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Oldeuboi Versus Oldboy

Oldeuboi Versus Oldboy

One day at golf practice Jeremy insisted that I should watch a movie called “Oldboy.” When I asked him to tell me anything about it, he wouldn’t. I had no idea why he was being so weird about it until I decided to watch it. In 120 minutes, I was confused enthralled, aroused, disgusted, then briefly optimistic, then more disgusted than I ever thought a movie could make me feel. I actually felt dirty after…

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Handshakes

Handshakes

If my father taught me one thing in the seventeen years I have been on this Earth, it is that the most important thing quality I can have is a firm handshake. Growing up, I took that to heart without question. It was the way it was. Dad’s business associates would always compliment my firm handshake, often accompanied by a remark about my father raising me well. Unless you are either severely arthritic or a…

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Modernist Ballet

Modernist Ballet

While Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite may not be typically thought of as a traditional ballet, the traditional aspects of the Firebird Suite highlight the modernist elements of Stravinsky’s magnum opus, the Rite of Spring. While the pieces only premiered four years apart, Stravinsky’s attitude as an artist shifted immensely. Both pieces were intended to exploit a Western European fascination with Russian culture. In the Firebird Suite, Stravinsky attempted to display Russian folklore in a high…

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Another Day at the Office

Another Day at the Office

It was a rather busy day at the office. Even though it was flu season, this was unusual. The doctor didn’t mind; he had started to get bored from the recent dearth of patients. He preferred being busy, and he enjoyed helping his patients. He was glad that he had gotten to the office earlier than usual. Right as he arrived, he rubbed his bust of Hippocrates, as he did every day. Not two minutes…

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Jazz: A Stolen Music

Jazz: A Stolen Music

Billie Holiday & Louis Armstrong circa 1946 Deep in the heart of New Orleans, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band was in the second chorus of Louis Armstrong’s riveting cornet solo. In the back of the club, Nick LaRocca, a young, white jazz cornetist from the Big Easy watched Satchmo in amazement, hoping one day to sound like him. Later on, LaRocca got his wish, and went on to become one of the founders of The…

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The Evolution of a Friendship Most Unlikely

The Evolution of a Friendship Most Unlikely

It is human nature to create and maintain a connection with another human being, no matter who the person is or what the circumstances are that surround him. In the novel The Soloist, author/journalist Steve Lopez recounts the story of an “unlikely friendship which results from his attempts to befriend a homeless, schizophrenic musician named Nathaniel Ayers. Nathaniel, who has been homeless since his 20’s, plays in the tunnels and on the streets of Downtown…

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