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How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries

Since mind is the source of creativity, Islam honors mind and urges it to roam in this spacious universe and get rid of its restrictions.

Man is distinguished from other creatures with mind. So, whoever uses his mind for what God has created it, deserves honoring. And whoever doesn’t use his mind for the purpose that Allah has created it for, falls from the rank of humanity.

Almighty Allah says in the Noble Quran: “Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for people of understanding” (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:190).

He also says: “We will show them our signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this(the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a witness over all things?”(Surat Fussilat 41:53).

Allah also tells Muslims: “And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, the sight, and the heart, of each of those one will be questioned(by Allah)” (Surah Al-Israa 17:36).

Mental Capacity

Brains construed ideas either as mental representational images or as abstract concepts that don’t have shapes. The capacity to create and understand the meaning of ideas is an essential and a defining feature of human beings.

In light of that, do you think simple ideas can give birth to major and historic breakthroughs?

We’d like to share thoughts on this topic with all of you along with some comments and views of the audience. Hence, you’re invited to share your opinion through the comment box below.

Adam Savage, the host of “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel, is a longtime special-effects artist and a minor obsessive.

In this TedEd session, Savage walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed; the Egyptian-educated Greek scientist Eratosthenes and his calculation of the Earth’s circumference around 200 BC, and the French physicist Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light in 1849.


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