My Favorite Essays
Updated: Mar 1, 2020
These are a select few essays, I enjoyed reading. Essays are perhaps the right way of learning how to write, Moreover they're beneficial when it comes to the regard of understanding various things. As a consequence, these are some of the essays that i found to be insightful, ideological and above all scientific. Now, Probably you might or might not have read them, Substantially these are just recommendations.
1) In the beginning - Neil deGrasse Tyson
World renowned astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about the very beginning of
the universe. He also describes the elegance of Einstein's mass-energy equivalence. This essay is perhaps almost like an anecdote from 'astrophysics for people in a hurry' written by Dr. Tyson himself. His writings definitely serves as a conduit to the universe, and is unarguably worth a read!
2) The world as i see it - Albert Einstein
The world as i see it by Albert Einstein (extract from the book 'The world as i see it') is one of the few things that i have been able to apprehend apart from his scientific work. The essay is perhaps an assertion to his liberal opinion on life and its meaning to some degree. Definitely worth a read, considering it has been written by a man who has contributed a lot to the modern world.
3) A pale blue dot - Carl Sagan
Sagan's epilogue from his book 'A pale blue dot' is by far the best thing I've ever read. inspired by the picture of the earth from the voyager one mission, this essay gives the reader a different perspective of human actions. It sheds light to the harsh truth of our unspeakable behavior. One on my favorite lines from it is,"Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot." "In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves."
4) The Fourth State of Matter - Jo Ann Beard
This one is probably on one of those powerful essays that you can ever read. In a way, it’s like a good horror, a slow build-up, and then your jaw drops to the ground. To summarize the story would be to spoil it, so I recommend that you just dig in and devour this essay during one sitting. It’s a perfect example of “show, don’t tell” writing, where actions of characters are enough to create the right effect. No need for flowery adjectives here.
5) The idea of India - Shashi Tharoor
The idea of India is a very necessary essay written by Shashi Tharoor. It is necessary because the way in which Dr. Tharoor narrates the entire hypothesis of a majoritarian rule is very eye opening. The very reality of all of us being minorities. Moreover in today's climate of unrest based on nonsensical reasons, makes this essay's relevance even greater.