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Kip Thorne

For a chance to meet professor Kip Thorne, physics legend, Nobel Prize Laureate, Hollywood star and Big Bang Theory alum, enter ESET's essay competition on one of today's hottest debates - is science the solution to everything?

ESSAY CONTEST

Meet professor Kip Thorne, the physics legend, Nobel prize laureate, scientific director of Hollywood blockbuster movie Interstellar and self-acting character in the Big Bang Theory!


The topic of essay:

Is science the solution to everything?

Where should humankind invest its resources and why? Is it in search for answers to fundamental questions about the Universe or rather in an attempt to save our civilization from soon becoming extinct?

The submission is closed. Submitted essays are currently under review. We will inform you of the results on this web page on October 1st, 2021.
Submit your essay by September 20th,
11:59 pm (CET)
16+
The Competition is open to people over 16 years of age.
Is science the solution to everything?

Where should humankind invest its resources and why? Is it in search for answers to fundamental questions about the Universe or rather in an attempt to save our civilization from soon becoming extinct?

Where do we come from? What is life? Why we remember the past but not the future? Can we travel into the earliest and darkest part of the Universe?

Is the Universe finite? What is the nature of consciousness?

The above are some of the most fundamental questions humankind is searching the answers to. Yet we don’t know how much time is left before our own actions and mistakes may lead to our own destruction. Avoiding climate disasters, pandemics of global proportions, poisoning of the environment we live in, requires focus on solving pragmatic challenges.

What should we focus on? Where should the governments invest research funds and why? What will bring humankind more benefit: fundamental research or applied science? Maybe something else? Our financial and human resources are limited. What is the best investment, the best bet for the mankind?

A written essay is the only literary form accepted (no poems, plays, songs, etc.). To learn more about how to write an essay, please read Essay Structure | (harvard.edu).

Winners

quality

The best essay will be awarded by prize of 1,000 EUR and will meet prof. Kip Thorne at gala event of ESET Science Award in Bratislava on October 16th, 2021

Second winner of financial prize 1,000 EUR comes from the lottery where all eligible essays will be included

methodology

“Science and technology based on scientific research are the key to solving global issues such as pandemics or climate change, and have the ability to save the world. Equally important is to garner the respect of governments and the public for science and the opinions of scientists.”

Kip S. Thorne

2017 Nobel Prize laureate in Physics