The Infinite Stupidity of Humans and the Universe Essay

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“Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former” Albert Einstein.
The career of astrophysics is a complex one, because of the kind of research that is involved. The research will describe the career of astrophysics, what is required to become a successful astrophysicists and the impact this career has on society.
The study of astronomy and physics begins with the ancient Greeks. Their view was that the Earth was the center of the universe. It wasn’t until the Renaissance when a few in western civilization, ever thought that the sun might be the center of planetary motion. Around 150 A.D. Ptolemy invented the concentric view, which explained that the Earth is the center of planetary
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In the 1930s there was experimentation with rockets, 1950s the space race with the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. In 1957 Sputnik was launched, that same year a dog was sent into space. 1961 a chimpanzee became an astronaut, that same year Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. 1969 the Apollo 11 astronauts land on the moon.
There are 20,600 people who are employed in this job. Since 1998, Astrophysics has been highly influenced by the number of retirements of faculty members. The jobs related to this career are most often found in the private sector, NASA, and the U.S. government. This section is a biography on a person in this career and what it’s like to be a astrophysicists. Stephen Hawing, 1959 entered Oxford University, which at the time was occupied by mainly upper class and male students. They had their own servants called scouts. Students who came from upper class families saw themselves as privileged and special. They didn’t mix well with other students like Hawking who came from the middle class. In 1962, Stephen Hawking entered Cambridge University. Cosmology appealed to Hawking more than elementary particles, because it focused on some fascinating questions about which new theories could be applied. For example, how big was the universe? In 1965, Hawking received his Ph.D. and could now call himself Doctor Stephen Hawking. Growing numbers of physicists work in interdisciplinary fields, such as bio, chemical and geophysics. Many people with a physics

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