Fountain Archive

January 2005

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
M. Fethullah Gulen
30336

Beauty and the Beautiful

Beauty elevates our hearts, awakens our souls with sweet excitement and appreciation, and then becomes the esthetic of our inner self. This hard-to-describe phenomenon, this sense that is present in o... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Murat Erdin
8981

Are Religion and Science Compatible?

The heated debate about whether religion and science are complimentary or not has been raging for years. Several theologians, philosophers, and scientists have put forward different views on this subj... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Brian Johnson
48512

Istanbul's Vanished City of the Dead: The Grand Champs des Morts

With a rich and varied architecture embodying centuries of history, Istanbul is one of the world’s most celebrated cities. Besides the splendid monuments of its classical, Byzantine, and Ottoman herit... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Omer Said Gonullu
8689

The Message of Meteorites

According to a news item that appeared in the middle of 2002, there was a 6% probability that a meteorite measuring 2 kilometers in diameter could hit the Earth on February 1, 2019. At the start of Se... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Brian Parker
4529

The History of (pi)

The story starts in 2000 BC with attempts by the Egyptians and Babylonians to compute π. The Egyptians arrived at (4/3)4 3.1604, while the Babylonians found 25/8= 3.125. The Indians used A10... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dr. Zeki Saritoprak
10203

Love: the Reason for the Creation of the Universe

Said Nursi frames his treatise of the Twenty-Fourth Word in his collection of words on a well known Qur’anic verse that discusses God’s beautiful names. God, there is no god but He; His are the Most ... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Nuh Gedik
9404

The Miracles of Water

Water is the most abundant substance in our world. It has one of the simplest possible chemical formulas: two hydrogen atoms attached to one oxygen atom (H2O). Yet, it is one of the most anomalous sub... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dr. Sami Polatoz
5016

Spiders Expand New Horizons in Fiber-Optic Technology

Spiders, known to be horrifying animals to many, are recognized by us for their role in the ecological balance. If spiders were to be removed from the natural food chain, and thus, from the ecological... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Firat Kocol
8290

A Rationale for Fiction

In one of the most comprehensive and intense novels ever written, Jorge Luis Borges launches his story with a scene where a friend is discussing a great idea: “. . .to write a novel in the first perso... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Cemil Demir
14536

Animals that Challenge the Freezing Temperatures

One of the natural conditions that animals struggle with is surviving the freezing cold. Cold weather causes great loss in animal life. In some ways, this phenomenon helps balance the animal populatio... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Alphonse Dougan
10748

Eating Habits and Time

“The things that I fear most for my people are being overweight,sleeping too much, laziness and a lack of deep faith.” 1 Prophet... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Dogan Koc
24396

Vanity of Worldly Desires

A gold ingot fell into the hands of a pious man and so turned his head that his enlightened mind became gloomy. He passed the whole night in anxious thought, reflecting, “This treasure will suffice me... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Hikmet Isik
9167

What are Information Sources in Religon?

Much has been said on the issue of information sources. Some of the people who have commented on this issue have sometimes been restricted by their knowledge and/or faith, thus they have vocalized dif... read more..

Issue 49 (January - March 2005)
Nuri Delen
12039

Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought: A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective

There are numerous translations of Rumi’s poetry into English, but there was still a need for a book on Rumi’s life and personal character in English. Almost all the translators were Westerners who w read more..

Issue 50 (April - June 2005)
The Fountain
10301

When Does Human Life Begin?

Life” incites our feeling of awe. We are unable to expound or arrive at a comprehensive interpretation of the cosmos in which we come across this phenomenon of “life.” Every new thing that we meet and... read more..

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