But you can’t be a scientist if you’re uncomfortable with ignorance, because scientists live at the boundary between what is known and unknown in the cosmos. This is very different from the way journalists portray us. So many articles begin, “Scientists now have to go back to the drawing board.” It’s as though we’re sitting in our offices, feet up on our desks—masters of the universe—and suddenly say, “Oops, somebody discovered something!”
No. We’re always at the drawing board. If you’re not at the drawing board, you’re not making discoveries. You’re not a scientist; you’re something else. The public, on the other hand, seems to demand conclusive explanations as they leap without hesitation from statements of abject ignorance to statements of absolute certainty.
The picture that science presents to us is, in some sense, uncomfortable. We evolved as human beings a few million years ago on the savannah’s in Africa and we evolved to escape tigers, or lions, or predators. What makes sense to us is the world on our scale…we didn’t evolve to understand quantum mechanics.
Lawrence M. Krauss | theoretical physicist and cosmologist; Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University
To accompany this quote from Professor Krauss, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins describes science as “the poetry of reality.” But not everyone feels this way, or understands science enough in a general sense to appreciate the patient researchers who - through the arduous process of the scientific method - are hindered by the anti-science rhetoric being perpetuated by those outside of the very process of research and discovery itself.
“…You can always tell the particles apart, in principle–just paint one of them red and the other one blue, or stamp identification numbers on them, or hire private detectives to follow them around. But in quantum mechanics the situation is fundamentally different: You can’t paint an electron red, or pin a label on it, and a detective’s observation will inevitably and unpredictably alter its state, raising doubts as to whether the two had perhaps switched places”
–David J. Griffiths Intro to Quantum Mechanics 2nd Ed. page 204
I'm in hell so here's another mileven headcanon: they read books out loud to each other before bed, esp mike who teaches el to read and speak better through their nightly story sessions. Fairytales, sci if, classic lit, you name it, they read it
EL’S FAVORITE FAIRY TALE IS RAPUNZEL…………………WE ALL KNOW WHY (being trapped and being saved by her prince charming !!!!!!) (not that mike /saved/ her bc like el is a badass and can take care of herself/make her own destiny) (but she’s a romantic softie so Yes) (el thinks mike is her prince charming and mike pretends that it doesn’t make him blush and stand up a lil straighter)
“Now I know grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within. Something has been torn out from inside me that will never be filled up, not ever, no matter how long I live. They say “time heals,” but even now, less than a week after my father’s death, I know that’s a lie. What people really mean is that eventually you’ll get used to the pain. You’ll forget who you were without it; you’ll forget what you looked like without your scars.”
You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back. ― Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, Illuminae
“All you can do, all any of us can do, is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play”
Full disclosure: Neal Shusterman is my favorite author, so I’m clearly biased (although it’s worth pointing out that this isn’t my favorite series of his). But this series is a heck of a ride.
In case you haven’t read any of these books (it goes Unwind, then UnWholly, UnSouled, and finally UnDivided), the premise is that in the not too far-off future, the battle over abortion in the U.S. has led to a civil war. It got so bad that schools were closed down and teenagers were running amok with nothing to do, and due to a combination of recent technological advancements made in the medical field, the public’s fear of the “feral teens,” and the desire to find some sort of resolution to the war, the Unwind Accord was signed, which made abortion illegal but allowed parents the ability to “unwind” a child between the ages of 13 to 18. Unwinding is the process by which 100% of a person’s parts are surgically separated and donated off to other people. Think organ donation, only the whole body, and the person is alive the entire time. Eerie, right? And the books delve into the philosophical issues arising from unwinding, such as, what is a soul, what happens to our souls when we’re unwound, etc.
So that’s the premise, and the series follows some amazing characters who were sent off to be unwound at the beginning of the first book. Shusterman wrote the first one as a stand-alone, so you can read just that one and be all set (thank goodness, because I hate when there’s not much resolution at the end of the first book of a series). The idea for the rest of the series came to him years later, and he started writing it when he had developed the idea well enough that he felt it was a story worth telling.
I’ve already made this review long enough, so I’m not going to go into much further detail, but suffice it to say, if you haven’t read any of this series, GIVE IT A SHOT. Shusterman takes a really unbelievable premise and makes a really believable world out of it. If you’ve read the first or second book of the series, I highly encourage you to continue it. The fourth book in particular gave me so many chills.
Shusterman is a master storyteller, and he’s really, really good at making the stakes really high and throwing as many obstacles as possible at the characters. None of these books felt predictable. With as many teen dystopian books out there today as there are, I really think this series stands out. Highly recommend!