Dynamite started as an attempt to create a more powerful explosive to benefit mankind.  Dynamite revolutionized mining, making it much faster work. It also sped up building railroads, roads, tunnels, like the St. Gotthard Tunnel and even canals, such as the Suez Canal and Panama Canal.

   However, dynamite could also be massively destructive with deadly consequences.  In the Spanish-American War and World War I, it was used to blow up buildings, in dynamite cannons, and for military blasting.

   Along with dynamite, people also have different viewpoints about the Nobel Prizes. Many consider the Nobel Prize the ultimate achievement. Supporters of the prizes say it could fund recipients' further research.  Depending on the year, the prize on average is worth between $850,000 - $1,000,000 (nobelprize.org), which could be used to further their research.  Additionally, the world recognizes these scientists and humanitarians for their deeds.

   Others criticize the prizes. There have been many controversial persons awarded the prize, like Egas Moniz, who won the prize in 1949 for his research on lobotomies and mental illnesses.  Also, some condemn the prizes because they limit recipients.  Only three contributors are given the prize, although dozens could have done significant work on it.  Finally, some disapprove of the prizes because they distract scientists.  "Winning the prize thrusts them into the spotlight and slows, if not halts, their research and work" (Marshall 293).