Sciences or Humanities?

Sciences or Humanities?

By Amelia Dilworth

An illustration in the style of early scientific logs.  The author

remarks on the differences between the sciences and the

Humanities.  Photo from

Mr. Stella recently asked our world history class which we preferred, sciences or humanities?  My opinion is fairly uncommon for someone at Charter, since I prefer the humanities.  I’m not bad at science or math, I just don’t see the same value in them as I do in languages and social sciences.  I prefer history and language, those little glimpses into a far-off reality.  Everyone who has ever lived experiences the same hope and heartbreak as I do, realities explored by history and language.  Why not celebrate the subjects that echo the human experience? 

Science and math do not explore these things; they are the classes that focus on the banal, the ordinary, the day-to-day ideas of the world and how it works.  My first instinct is to refute their value: I’d rather write about the sun rising over a vineyard than calculate the yields of said vineyard.  I value the beautiful and momentous above the petty details.

These minute details, however, create a world worth writing about.  It is the angle of the earth’s orbit that differentiates the climate of Mantua from that of Morocco and the perfect weight distribution of arches that make the Coliseum so alluring.  There is no art without proportion and structure, and no organism exists without delicacy in its intricacies.  Science and math are married to history and language, and only their unison can tell the story of the human experience. 

Some people are so absorbed in counting the stars that they forget to notice their loveliness, and other people are hypnotized by the beauty and forget to realize that the stars are finite.  It is a juxtaposition of the two that show the truth in life.  In reality, humanities and sciences have never been a dichotomy; they are the joint song of the universe. 

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