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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Eureka!

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If you’re reading my Tumblogs then you’d know that I’ve run out of ideas on what to blog about. Funny, just after I posted a short ‘thought’ on Tumblr I got an ‘Eureka moment’.

Anyway last week, one of the Mauritian bloggers wrote a beautiful article about God and Science.

I’ve always been curious about why we’re here, what’s the purpose of our existence on Earth. The said blogger, Bruno, discussed, in other words, the coexistence of Science and religion. Can Science obliterate our religious beliefs by producing ‘facts’ – facts we cannot just push aside?

Well, last Monday, I visited the Logos Hope Boat which was anchored for a while in the Vincy port. The books on sale were of Christian/Educational/Children genres. I was so disappointed since I gathered that I’d find the works of James Patterson, John Grisham, Jeffrey Deaver, Martina Cole and alike authors. However I did manage to find some interesting books and I finally purchased four! One book particularly caught my interest and I’ve decided to share it a few snippets with you lot.

HOW DID THE EARTH BEGIN?

Around 4.6 million years ago, neither the Earth nor any of the other planets existed. There was just this vast, dark, very hot cloud of gas and dust swirling around the newly formed sun. Gradually, the cloud cooled and the gas began to condense into billions of droplets. Slowly these droplets were pulled together into clumps by their own gravity – and they carried on clumping until all the planets, including the Earth, were formed. But it took another half a billion years before the Earth had cooled enough to form a solid crust with an atmosphere around it.


HOW BIG IS THE EARTH?

Satellite measurements show it is 24,901 miles (40,075 km) around the equator and 7,297 miles (12,577 km) across. The diameter at the Poles is slightly less, by 26.7 miles (43 km).


HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?

The Earth is about 4.6 billion years old. The oldest rock is about 3.8 billion years old. Scientists have also dated meteorites that have fallen form space, and must have formed at the same time as the Earth.


WHAT IS THE EARTH MADE OF?

The Earth has a core of iron and nickel, and a rocky crust made mostly of oxygen and silicon. In between is the soft, hot mantle of metal silicates, sulphides, and oxides.

WHAT SHAPE IS THE EARTH?

The Earth is not quite a perfect sphere. Because it spins faster at the equator than at the Poles, the Earth bulges at the equator. Scientists describe Earth’s shape as “geoid”, which simply means Earth-shaped!

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT EARTH?

The Earth is the only planet with temperatures at which liquid can exist on the surface and is the only planet with an atmosphere containing oxygen. Water and oxygen are both needed for life.

WHY DOES THE EARTH SPIN?

Earth spins because there is nothing to stop it spinning. The Sun’s gravity keeps it in orbit.

It was published in 2006 so I don’t know how accurate these aforementioned facts are.

Post any update in the comment section!

Thank you.




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Bruno said...

:D I love this post ;)

yeah the facts are ok (when looking at them in a simplistic way.)

Earth spins because there is nothing to stop it spinning.

Actually it would have been better to say that the Earth had an initial spin, and since there is no resistance to the spinning motion, it keeps on spinning happily :)

Knowing how the Earth was formed does not mean God does not exist ;) but you already agree with that I guess :) I have to post something on the book of Genesis (the first book in the Bible with the story of creation and Adam and Eve and explain why it was written)

Wez Tout-Court said...

I wonder why you love this post?! :) LOL

You're the Physicist so you'd know a 'tad' - huge tad - more than me. I was so enthralled by the book. There are other interesting answers in the book. I'll publish some of them over the course of my 'blogging career'..hahaha

Looking forward to your Adam-and-Eve-related post... ;D

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