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Science and Beauty

1. Asimovs thesis is But what I see - those quiet, twinkling points of light - is not all the
beauty there is. This is supported throughout his essay because he refers to the
miraculous universe and how and what stars are made out of. He touches on the fact
that stars are not just beauty but more, and he goes on to explain this. Some of them
are of incomparable grandeur, each glowing with the light of a thousand suns like ours,
some of them merely red-hot coals doling out their energy stingily. He explains only
briefly here what stars can be made of. Asimovs thesis means that the science behind
the stars is beautiful too. In that it has taught us so much about the beautiful creation.
2. Asimov supports his thesis with multiple facts about these tiny stars in the sky that are
actually extraordinary. Some of them are compact bodies as massive as our sun, but
with all that mass squeezed into a ball smaller than the earth. and There are stars that
pulsate endlessly in a great cosmic breathing; and others that, having consumed their
fuel, expand and redden until they swallow up their planets, if they have any (and
someday, billions of years from now, our sun will expand and the earth will crisp and
sere and vaporize into a gas of iron and rock with no sign of the life it once bore).
These two quotes are quite long because this was the sort of information that Asimov
included in his essay to illustrate the beauty in the facts.
3. Asimov incorporated rhetorical questions to add an effect to make the readers ask
themselves these questions, and allow them to see that perspective. Should I stare
lovingly at a single leaf and willingly remain ignorant of the forest? This is relating to the
beauty versus science because he is saying, why stare at just a single star or group of
them and be blind to the entire creation of them and what they are all about. It is
influencing the audience. It is asked with and expectation of no answer for the effect.
4. a) Walt Whitmans Poem- Asimov is starting with Walts poem because Walt was one of
his audiences in that he believed only in the beauty because science will take it away.
He used the poem to show any readers where Walt may be coming from.
Paragraph 2(Why those would agree with Walt)- Asimov begins his next two paragraphs
in understandment because it enables himself to understand where most readers may
be coming from if they are relating to Walts choice. Also, this way he can show us
readers that he made the effort to understand our take on the poem. Then next her can
give his own opinion which is usually how an argument proceeds.
b)Asimov uses unity because his essay is about one topic, and his was why science is
still beautiful and there is more than just staring at the beauty and disregarding how it
was created. He used coherence by making his ideas flow smoothly this way readers
understand the issue being addressed.
5. a) Logos- Those bright spots in the sky that we call planets are worlds. There are worlds
with thick atmospheres of carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid... Here Asimov is using logos by
listing facts and evidence found on stars. He used logos to show those how complex and
astonishing science can be to make the readers see the beauty in it.
b)Pathos- The universe may expand forever or the day may come when the expansion
slows and turns back into a contraction to reform the tiny sphere and begin the game all over
again so that the whole universe is exhaling and inhaling in breaths that are perhaps a trillion
years long. Here Asimov is using pathos because it is making us readers worried and perhaps
scared that it is true that our world is very old, and could possibly start all over, ending our lives.
Using pathos is smart because it is touching the readers making us use feelings and pay more
attention.
c)Ethos- I imagine that many people reading those lines tell themselves, exultantly, "How
true! Science just sucks all the beauty out of everything, reducing it all to numbers and tables
and measurements! Why bother learning all that junk when I can just go out and look at all the
stars?" Here Asimov is using ethos to relate to the reader and build his moral character to let
the readers trust that he sees their side as well. Allowing the readers to try to see where he is
coming from and see what he has to say. Using ethos was smart to get the readers to trust and
relate to his judgement.
6. Asimov did write a persuasive essay because he supported his argument with facts, and
gives a clear perspective. He chose a side and stuck with it, and understanded the audience,
and gave convincing evidence. By doing this he did write a persuasive essay.