Issue 74

  • Science Square

    The semantic roots of a word may open up new horizons which relate it to a broader frame of reference, a frame we normally would not connect with this word. This is also true for subsidiary meanings of a word, which are usually ov

    Published March - April 2010 - The Fountain

    The Power of Literature

    In the most general sense, literature is a discipline that studies elegant, measured, and harmonious words uttered or written in verse or prose in a form that is congruent with the conditions of time and usually in compliance with

    Published March - April 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Endocytosis: How Cells Eat

    The smallest life forms that constitute our bodies, that is, cells, are fairly well organized structures. Even though the cytoplasm (i.e. the interior section of a cell) is extremely crowded and dynamic, cells never lose the coord

    Published March - April 2010 - Hamdi Sener

    A True Understanding of Self for Self-Actualization

    Psychologists have been using the concept of “self-actualization” to describe those who are immensely successful in realizing their potential (Maslow, 1943; Goldstein, 1934). The actualization of one’s potential strengths is

    Published March - April 2010 - Zekeriya Ozsoy

    Protecting of Life Forms Is a Moral Responsibility

    Mary Evelyn Tucker: “Religions can offer a sense of hope, because more than anything, I think we all need to imagine a future that is sustainable.”

    There is one moral law that forms the corner stone of all of th

    Published March - April 2010 - Mustafa Tabanli


    If education is an act of “renewal” in beliefs, ideas, hopes, happiness, misery, and practices, a renewal that contributes towards the enhancement and betterment of an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, then an e

    Published March - April 2010 - Yasin Ceran

    On Their Faces and Backs

    In numerous verses the Holy Qur’an makes reference to living organisms, and particularly to human physiology. The Qur’an does this in its own style, briefly mentioning some fundamental principles of the process or the phenomen

    Published March - April 2010 - Mesut Sahin

    Istiqama (Straightforwardness)

    People of truth have interpreted straightforwardness as avoiding all deviation and extremes, and as following in the footsteps of the Prophets, the faithful, the witnesses (of truth), and the righteous (in belief) in their religio

    Published March - April 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Quantum-Inspired World of Computers: Science or Fiction?

    When we draw even a simple line using a computer program, we usually ignore what our computer actually does in the background. It converts videos, images or texts into bits, the smallest building blocks of information, before doin

    Published March - April 2010 - Omer D. Ikramoglu

    Categorical Confusions Regarding Omnipotence of God

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three main monotheistic religions, describe God as an omnipotent, all-powerful agent. In other words, God has power over everything. If God is described in this way, then the following question

    Published March - April 2010 - Nathan Ruler

    Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Surah Iron (Hadeed)

    Iron is a fundamental element prevalent in the component of various goods, such as products made of steel, cars, airplanes, ships, computers, furniture, and catalysts utilized in industry, colored pigments, magnetic materials and

    Published March - April 2010 - Kamil Ezgin

    Inside a Patient's Room

    Hospital chaplains often intersect a person’s life at the time of their most desperate need. An unwed mom watches the scene unfold, as her newborn leaves the hospital with adoptive parents. An elderly gentleman speaks of war’s

    Published March - April 2010 - Gulsum Kucuksari

    The Tiniest Captains of the Ocean

    The date of invention for compass still is not known with certainty. Some historians think that it was invented in China around 900 BC, while others claim that it was around 100 AD. The use of a magnetized needle as a navigation t

    Published March - April 2010 - Ahmet Uysal

    Reflections on Noah's Ark

    As the titanic waves engulfed and threatened the Ark, an unseen “hand” guided and protected it; until its final destination to safety. The old cliché, “history repeats itself,” embedded in my mind. I felt this event recur

    Published March - April 2010 - Sebnem Unlu

    It's me, Peter, your Muscular System!

    Dear Peter! I, your muscular system, would like to talk to you today; I allow you to walk and do all kinds of movements very easily. In the most recent essay of this department, the skeletal system, which works together with me, d

    Published March - April 2010 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Measure of Selflessness

    Question: Do acts of selflessness conflict with reason? What is the measure of agreement we should seek between the two?

    Selflessness is when one relinquishes oneself from certain personal desires and aspirations

    Published March - April 2010 - Hikmet Isik

    Barefoot Running

    Barefoot Running
    Original Article: Lieberman, D.E. et al., Nature 463, 531 (2010).
    The modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. However, the presumption that running barefoot is dangerous and causes p

    Published March - April 2010 - The Fountain