Fountain Archive

July 2017

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
The Fountain

Science as a Product of Faith

In his newly released novel The Prisoner of Al-Hakim, Bradley Steffens tells the story of Alhasan Ibn Al-Haytham, one of the greatest minds in the history of science. Ibn Al-Haytham is known for his p... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Travelers of Light

The travelers of light have always endeavored to surpass mere corporeality. Their attitude has always manifested in a determination to bid farewell to ordinary, human feelings. Voicing their heart and... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Noah Weaver

The Last Elements And The Building Blocks Of The Physical World

The announcement of the discovery of the last four elements of the periodic table, at the International Association of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) on December 30, 2015, was met with enthusiasm ... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Lawrence Brazier

I am an Immigrant

I really am an immigrant. I am British and I (rather favorably) married an Austrian girl and we have lived in Austria for 36 years. There has been scarcely a hint of Ausländerfeindlichkeit (hostility ... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Rumeysa Yazar

Sea Cucumbers and Their Extraordinary Defense Systems

Sea cucumbers are soft-bodied invertebrates from the Holothuroidea class of thorns.  Although they are usually a long cylindrical structure reminiscent of worms, some of them are also spherical.  They... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Billy von Raven

The 21st Century: The Holistic Age

“The whole society becomes visible to itself as an imperishable living unit. Generations of individuals pass, like anonymous cells from a living body; but the sustaining, timeless form remains.” - J read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Ali M. Kahveci

One Cup of Tea, Please!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – or so the old adage goes. Can the same be said about tea? A sufficient number of studies confirm that a strong inverse correlation exists between consumption of ... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen

Ightirab - Doubled Separation

Ightirab (doubled separation) is a feeling resembling that which arises from falling into error after reform, or night following day, or the darkness of distress that surrounds the heart after exhilar... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen

The Faithful

I felt Your Infinite Mercy in my soul, While wrapped all around With the divine fear’s glowing coal. As my hopes overflowed my heart My aspirations faded with Your Majesty. So many times I become a M... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Noah Weaver

The Vital Tasks of Trace Elements

Most living things, including the human body, are made up of only 11 elements. We know the major elements, like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, but what about the lesser known trace elements? They, to read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Allen S. Maller

Minorities Opposing Oppression: Hanukah and Jihad

In Arabic, the word Jihad is a noun meaning the activity of "striving and/or persevering.” According to Prophet Muhammad there are two types of Jihad: minor and major. The Prophet referred to this whe... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Justin Pahl

Take Up the Pen, Not the Sword

Bradley Steffens’ fine work of historical fiction, “The Prisoner of Al-Hakim,” begins quietly, with two friends sitting in a study, talking about mathematics. One of these friends is Ibn al-Haytham, o... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Veli Keskin

Protecting Our Privacy – or what is left of it

Do we have to give up our privacy for better security? This has long been debated on Capitol Hill [1]. The discussion stems from the mass surveillance methods deployed by a number of government agenci... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
Hakan Yesilova

Abraham - A Story of True Submission

Imagine a situation where you have no choice but have to sacrifice your only child – your precious, who came late in your life as a great surprise.  Or think of yourself rejected by your father and y... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
M. Fethullah Gulen


Question: What does taqwa mean and what needs to be done to achieve it? Taqwa is having the due high regard for God Almighty. And those who adopt it as their life philosophy and accordingly adjust th... read more..

Issue 118 (July - August 2017)
The Fountain

Science Square (Issue 118)

Tomatoes Might Be a Key to Preventing Skin Cancer Cooperstone JL et al. Tomatoes protect against development of UV-induced keratinocyte carcinoma via metabolomic alterations. Scientific Reports, July... read more..

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