Issue 77

  • Women

    Male-domination is a matter of dispute in every sphere of life as much as it is in language. The transition from “man” to “human” is still an ongoing process in the usage of the English language. The issue ranges from lex

    Published September - October 2010 - The Fountain

    Reflourishing Thoughts

    In the course of history, the sequence of events periodically recurs-just like the day alternates with the night-over and over again but with just a little variation. I say it comes about “with just a little variation” as one

    Published September - October 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Belief and Our Treatment of the Environment

    I see...

    Everywhere I look, I see citizens polluting, communities mistreating and nations exploiting the earth.

    I watch them as they misuse and abuse this sacred place, as if it was theirs.
    What they

    Published September - October 2010 - Ayse Meva Nur

    The Spread of Islam

    There are several historical reasons for the astounding spread of Islam throughout Arabia and abroad after Muhammad’s death in 632 AD. These factors differed in degree depending on which Islamic leader, empire, or dynasty was in

    Published September - October 2010 - Paul Kearns

    Forgiving Dad

    For many years, Zainab had been struggling to understand the true meaning of forgiveness. She was especially distressed whenever she thought about her father who had died in 1973. He was someone she loved more than anyone in the w

    Published September - October 2010 - Mary Lahaj

    Our Unique Digital Footprint

    The term “footprint” refers in general to traces left or caused by human beings through the consumption of resources while guests in this physical world. It is the culmination of our environmental impact through consumption in

    Published September - October 2010 - Halil I. Demir

    Bridging the Nano and Macro Worlds: Shadowing and Reemission

    Understanding the dynamics involved in the formation and development of physical structures on both atomic and galactic scales has been a key topic for the scientific investigation since the beginning of scientific inquiry. These

    Published September - October 2010 - Murat Yuksel

    True Altruism and Unconditional Love

    Altruism and love - these are two words that are fast losing meaning in today’s world of violence, selfishness and avarice. These words are losing their true meaning and value in the eyes of some people who see false value in ot

    Published September - October 2010 - Zainab Cassim Akdemirci

    Portrait of a Mother

    I am a mother,
    instead of a picture, multiplication table adorns my kitchen wall.
    I have 8 arms like an octopus reaching in every direction.
    Nobody can worry as much as I do.
    There is always some stain on my cl

    Published September - October 2010 - Mirkena Ozer

    Humility (Tawadu)

    Tawadu (modesty and humility) is the opposite of arrogance, pride, and haughtiness. It can also be interpreted as one's awareness of one's real position before God, and as letting that realization guide one's conduct toward God

    Published September - October 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Critical Thinking

    The Fountain Magazine recently published an interview with Nobel Laurate Ahmad Zewail, in which he answered a question about critical thinking. In his response, Prof. Zewail promoted critical thinking greatly and emphasized that

    Published September - October 2010 - Ertan Salik

    Straighten Up Yourself and Know It's a Miracle

    Just after having started my job at the university, I was shocked by some sad news. One of my professors, who was only in his fifties, had died; when the cause of death was revealed, we learned that due to hypotension he had becom

    Published September - October 2010 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    Career and Kids: Can I Have Both?

    I was just sitting there hysterically crying and thinking what I would do now. It didn’t seem like a right time to have another baby in that point of my life. We had planned so many experiments with my boss just a couple of days

    Published September - October 2010 - Safiye Arslan

    Brittany's Spirit: A Legacy of Learning and Living

    It was a day not unlike any other typical school day. I got up at 5:30 a.m., caught the bus to high school at 6:20 a.m. and was in my second period class. It was February 17, 2005, and it was extremely cold, as it normally is in

    Published September - October 2010 - April Bollig

    It's Me Peter, Your Nervous System

    Dear Peter!
    Finally, I have come to say goodbye to you. As you probably know, there is a saying “Leave the best till last.” I am the greatest of all the organs and systems that have described themselves to you so far. I a

    Published September - October 2010 - Irfan Yilmaz

    Time Management

    Question: How should a person spend one day, one week, one month, and one year in order to perform services in the path of God?

    Management of time and work is one major area where many of us perform very poorly.

    Published September - October 2010 - Hikmet Isik

    How the tests survive

    1- How the “fit” tests survive
    Original Article: Lewis, G.D. et al., Science Translational Medicine 2, 33 (2010).
    Visits to biochemistry labs are frequent in our lives. Often we give blood to know levels of di

    Published September - October 2010 - The Fountain