3 Questions I have: ● According to Asimov, when do people solve problems or make discoveries, and why? ● How does Asimov include the scientific information of Archimedes’ and Kekule’s discoveries necessary to help understand them better? ● What was Asimov’s idea behind “Eureka! Eureka!” and how did it fit into the purpose of the story?
In the story The Eureka Phenomenon by Isaac Asimov, Asimov includes the scientific information of Archimedes’ and Kekule’s discoveries to help the audience understand the “Eureka Eureka” concept better in the story. Asimov uses many examples in the story that help describe his ‘Eureka Eureka” concept into understandable meanings. Asimov explains that when a person is relaxed, a person’s mind can solve a problem, resolve a conflict, or make a discovery much easier than if the person was in a stressed out state of mind. A good example of this was the humorous story between King Hieron II and Archimedes. King Hieron gave aa goldsmith a large amount of gold to a goldsmith to fashion a crown. After receiving the crown back, King Hieron had suspicions that the goldsmith had pulled a “fast one” on him. The King believed that the crown was not 100% gold so he asked Archimedes, whom was the smartest man in the world, for help. Archimedes thought for hours about the solution, but he came up with nothing. So, he went to a Greek bath, a place of relaxation. All of his problems and worries slowly went away, and then in a single instant, he found the solution and yelled “Eureka!Eureka!” running through the town naked. “But, whether soon or late, he noticed, and that one fact, added to all the chains of reasoning his brain had been working on during the period of relaxation when it was unhampered by the comparative stupidities (even in Archimedes) of voluntary thought, gave Archimedes his answer in one blinding flash of light.” (226) The author, Isaac Asimov, uses a more in depth and scientific story to attribute to...
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