13.7: Cosmos And Culture Commentary On Science And Society

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Not all cows get to spend their days with soft green grass under hoof. For many, the picture isn't so pretty, according to the book Farmageddon. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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All of our scientific tools have limits. These limits ensure that we will never see the whole picture. We can never have complete knowledge of the universe. Above, the ESO's APEX radio telescope probes the heavens from its lonely perch on Chile's Chajnantor plateau. Gordon Gillet/ESO hide caption

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Jeff Koons poses in front of one of his sculptures during a media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art on June 24, 2014. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It took more than superstition to build Egypt's famous pyramids. It took some very clever engineering to move the heavy stones used in construction across the area's shifting sands. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"Untitled" by Mark Rothko, on display before auction at Sotheby's, New York, in May. Does its value stem from its pedigree? Or is it valuable because of its contribution to the ongoing dialog that is human expression through the ages? Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A large wave on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, sucks sand off of the seafloor and into the wave itself. This photo is the cover image of Clark Little's latest coffee table book, Shorebreak. Clark Little hide caption

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