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Hsc Discovery Band 6 15/15 Hsc Essay

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A discovery breaks the barrier between what we think is truth and what actually is true. Often, this façade of understanding is maintained by personal beliefs, whether religious or intellectual. They veil us from the most obvious observations and facts, which may go unnoticed. Though such a discovery may be sudden, it either provokes or is invariably provoked by curiosity. At first, emotions of humiliation or appreciation will arise, highlighting the unique emotional responses a discovery can cause. But, throughout time these discoveries’ worth are reassessed leading to a momentous shift in thought and understanding. Bill Bryson’s non-fiction text [2003] Short History of Nearly Everything (A Short History) explores how the many scientists stumbled upon new understandings and insights. While, Arthur C. Clarke’s The Star [1967] reveals how scientific un-coverings lead to the questioning of core religious beliefs. Both texts grapple with Eliot’s quote, demonstrating how these sorts of discoveries are sudden and impactful, yet heavily rely upon the curiosity of an individual. But, whilst these ideas are discussed, we must understand that our world is based on personal convictions and previous discoveries. Both Bryson and Clarke highlight that at any moment or any circumstance in the future, our understanding and perception of the world may be altogether invalidated.
It requires a sudden discovery, one provoking curiosity, to challenge our ill-informed views of the world. How we consider society is heavily reliant on personal beliefs and others’ previous discoveries. Often they mask absolute truth. In How to Build a Universe, the first chapter of ‘A Short History,’ Bryson introduces the grounding evidence for the Big Bang as: ‘an extraordinary and inadvertent discovery.’ The author juxtaposes the emotive language of ‘extraordinary’ to ‘inadvertent,’ drawing the reader’s attention to how a completely unexpected discovery can truly be transformative. He portrays the discovery as ‘a steady, steamy hiss.’ Bryson, here, employs sibilance to characterise the noise as a harsh, unwanted shrill. Though, such a discovery was sudden, both discoverers [Penzias and Wilson] explored further: ‘for a year they did everything…to track down and eliminate the noise.’ The following cumulative sentences demonstrate the types of activates, they engaged in hoping to unearth the origin of the noise. Using an accumulation of sentences, all beginning with the anaphora of ‘they + verb’ reinforces their enumerable curious endeavours. Bryson, here, engages with the fact that we as humans are obliged to uncover more. Such a discovery created the fundamental basis for Goth’s The Inflationary Universe and the understanding of how our planet was created. Bryson then juxtaposes Penzias and Wilson’s discovery to some Princeton scientists, whose experiments were imitated to discover the same noise [cosmic radiation]. This juxtaposition draws our attention to the irony of their...

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