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Fire In Pandora’s Box, May 1974
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For all their benefits, it must be noted that science, technology and engineering have also given us grave problems facing the world human-caused climate change, environmental degradation, weaponry of mass destruction et alia. It would be nice to think that the some of the efforts of STEM would be to correct these threats.

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More likely, STEM will be a way of discovering the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, get full benefit of their talents and increase corporate profit margins and hang the consequences. The study of History, by contrast seems to be a step-child again.

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Yes, history has names and dates that need to be recalled, but it is ultimately the study of human activity. All of it, including arts and sciences, material culture and intellectual activity, peace and conflict, progress and regress, good times and bad is what history is all about. Such fine words butter no parsnips, but does history offer anything useful beyond rote memorization of all those names and dates?

History can support language arts, but is there even an intersection with the STEM curriculum? Obviously, yes, it really can. This powder instantly took fire; and the explosion was so great, that it overturned about a sixth part of the houses in the town, and, according to the best information we have hitherto been able to receive, buried near persons under their ruins.

Belonging to the above magazine was a tower built of large stones, which blew up at the same time, and falling like hail upon the churches, houses, and other buildings, shattered them from the very roofs to the cellars…The explosion was so violent, that the strongest fastenings, at 18 miles distance, were forced open: some pieces of stone carried ten miles, and a cannon of twenty five cwt.

The most obvious component of STEM here would be mathematics. After all, we have a quantity of gunpowder that is expressed in an unfamiliar measuring system.

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Not only did measuring systems vary, but the amounts they expressed differed as well. Welcome to the 18 th Century, folks! A libbra varied from about 11 to 14 ounces or to grams. So the amount of powder can be figured into more modern weight as:.

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  • Besides the horrendous destruction of lives and property, the enormous explosion launched a cannon two and a half miles. Said cannon was no pop-gun either weighing in at 25 hundredweight. How heavy was the gun? One hundredweight [British] is pounds, twenty five hundredweight is equivalent to pounds. That is one honking big chunk of metal to come out of the blue.

    Leaving the realm of mathematics, we can check out some of the science involved here. Hermes was ordered by Zeus to teach her to be deceitful, stubborn and curious.

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    Gods told her that the box contained special gifts from them but she was not allowed to open the box ever. Then Hermes took her to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus, to be his wife. Prometheus had advised Epimetheus not to accept anything from the Gods, but he saw Pandora and was astonished by her beauty, thus he accepted her right away.

    Pandora was trying to tame her curiosity, but at the end she could not hold herself anymore; she opened the box and all the illnesses and hardships that gods had hidden in the box started coming out.

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    Pandora was scared, because she saw all the evil spirits coming out and tried to close the box as fast as possible, closing Hope inside. Pandora was the right person to do it, because she was curious enough, but not malicious. The myth itself though appears in many different versions; the most distinctive difference is that in some myths Hope does come out.

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    The main purpose of the myth of Pandora though is to address the question of why evil exists in the world. The birth of Pandora was represented on the pedestal of the statue of Athena situated at the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Thanks for publishing this article: I actually met someone a while ago who, I just recently learned did not know about Pandora.

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