Thursday, June 24, 2004

The vagaries of the universe

I'll never forget the day I learned that I had been looking at the light of dead stars. How could the universe promise so much beauty and then betray me so?!

And today I've learned that for the first 400,000 years of its existence, our universe sounded "like a scream declining to a dull roar ... changing from a major third chord to a minor third." These sound waves are "30,000 light-years wide and 55 octaves below what humans can hear."

At least I can see the stars.

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