Issue 106

  • Looking Ahead

    There is a quote in our main article this issue which has stuck with us here at The Fountain: "Those whose vision is in the future, and who promise to raise that future on their shoulders, need to feel the responsibility of their

    Published July - August 2015 - The Fountain

    A New Existence

    Each individual owes his or her success and happiness to the peace and the trustworthiness of their society. Conversely, each society owes its health and security to its altruistic and sincere members. Egotistic individuals, paral

    Published July - August 2015 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Precise Numbers of the Universe

    In a 2014 article for The Conversation, Prof. Jonathan Borwein, from Newcastle University, and Dr. David H. Bailey, from the University of California, Davis, stated, "In recent years physicists and cosmologists have uncovered nume

    Published July - August 2015 - Betul Gul

    How Fair Are We When Looking into the Past

    Iremember that in fourth grade one of my classmates was impersonating George Washington, the first president of the United States. As a class project, students had to dress up as historical American figures, and give an interview

    Published July - August 2015 - Alparslan Zora

    What Waits in the Future?

    Scientific advances have gained major momentum in the last century; many of the things seen in science-fiction movies in the past have become ordinary things today. High technology products like supersonic planes, mobile phones, s

    Published July - August 2015 - Kemal Serce

    A Symphony of Compassion

    God calls us to make music in our world; to perform in a global symphony of compassion. If each human being lived by the law of compassion, what a wonderful world this would be! I can't help but think that this is God's plan for u

    Published July - August 2015 - Anthony J. Ciorra

    Open Systems to Avoid Decay

    Why do natural systems in our universe age? Why do social systems cause errors? Why do both die? Why does inactivity lead to degradation? Why don't flowing waters get polluted but still waters do? Why do certain institutions work

    Published July - August 2015 - Ihsan Kose

    Survival of the Local and Cultural Identity

    Ermek Tursynov's Shal (2012) ("The Old Man") is one of the many masterpieces Kazakh cinema produced both during the Soviet era and following independence. It depicts a few days in the life of an old man on the steppes in beautiful

    Published July - August 2015 - Harun Parpucu

    Kangaroo Mother Care

    Iwoke up to the sound of a phone ringing, which broke the night's silence. I answered it while still sleepy. The call was from our neighbor, Peter. He said, "Let's go, neighbor! Time is up; be quick!"

    I was surprised and a

    Published July - August 2015 - Nuh Ozdin

    The Neurobiology of Imitation

    There are approximately 100 billion nerve cells (neurons) in the brain of an adult person. Each nerve cell is created with a capacity to establish around 1,000-10,000 connections with each of the surrounding neurons. The number of

    Published July - August 2015 - Hamza Aydin

    Let's Take a Coffee Break

    Coffee is the second most common beverage in the world after water and the second most widely used product after oil. Some people start their day by drinking a cup while others may turn to it for a break from their daily lives or

    Published July - August 2015 - Asli Ceren Tahan

    Ilm (Knowledge)

    Ilm, (knowledge) means information obtained through the human senses or through the Revelations or inspiration of God. It is also used to denote information that is in agreement with facts or realities, and to denote understanding

    Published July - August 2015 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Hear to Heal: A New Approach to the Healing Power of Sufi Music

    It is widely accepted that music influences and affects people in different ways, starting from the first days of life. Humans are born with a strong sense of hearing as well as the ability to respond to sound. For instance, accor

    Published July - August 2015 - Volkan Efe

    Antisocial Personality Disorder

    His scores are dropping. He does not attend most of the classes. He does not like any of the rules. He asks all the time, "Why are we supposed to obey these rules which limit our freedoms anyway?" While driving, he hates red light

    Published July - August 2015 - Alaeddin Hekim

    Leiden: Living the Poems of Tolerance

    The events of early January, 2015, in Paris, France, have left many people angry, confused, repulsed, and afraid. The supposed "clash of civilizations" between the West and Islam is now on everyone's lips in Europe more than ever

    Published July - August 2015 - Katharine Branning

    Piri Reis and His World Map

    Piri Reis was the founder of Turkish cartography. From a Turkish family who immigrated to Gallipoli from Karaman in central Asia Minor, he was the nephew of Kemal Reis, one of the notorious seamen of the Sultan Bayezid II era. His

    Published July - August 2015 - Ahmet Urguplu

    The Uncertainties of Energy Supplies

    What are the main reasons for the energy shortage we are facing today? Is this problem due to the extreme population growth, more people living in cities, increased agricultural production, and a boom in other industries like mini

    Published July - August 2015 - Omer Said Gonullu

    The Perfect Conditions for Oxygen

    Close your mouth and nose tightly. See how long you can stay like this without breathing. It is two to three minutes at most, isn't it? Or, imagine breathing a gas other than oxygen. How would your body react to it? How would it i

    Published July - August 2015 - Nuh Ozdin

    Islam and Reactionary Movements

    QUESTION: There are reactionary movements in different parts of the world. These are waged against established systems, and their perpetrators argue that they do it on behalf of Islam. What is your take on such movements?

    Published July - August 2015 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    A New Blood Test Can Tell Every Vırus You've Ever Had
    Engineers have developed a new tool which can test for both past and current viral infections by analyzing a single drop of a patient's blood. The new method, known

    Published July - August 2015 - The Fountain