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My high school chemistry teacher made the subject interesting. Mr. Cohen’s classes were very interactive. We enjoyed his occasional humorous quips. Another student once asked him about why a process worked the particular way he was explaining on the blackboard. I think it was something about balancing chemical equations. Mr. Cohen stopped his writing on the board, slowly turned to face the inquisitive student, and answered, “… ‘How’, I can tell you. ‘Why?’, ask your rabbi.” We all realized that what he had just answered was amusing, but also profound. Science’s goal is to answer the question of how the world, and the universe, works. It does this by observation and tested hypotheses. Theories get established and until something better comes along that explains it more accurately, that theory will stand.

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