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Monday, December 17, 2012

In the beginning was the Music

Piano Strings (Photo by Opus33)
John 1:1 says some mysterious things that people are still trying to figure out.  As stated in the New International Version of the Bible:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

According to theoretical physicist Brian Greene, this Word might have been musical in nature.  Within his "Physics of Sound" presentation on, Greene gives his take on "Harmonics and the Unified Theory."  He explains that the Unified Theory would be "a single idea, a single principle, maybe even a single equation that might describe everything in the universe." Greene
believes that String Theory might just be the Unified Theory that Einstein had been looking for.

Scientists and philosophers have long been searching for the basic "building blocks" of the universe.  There are atoms within molecules - protons, neutrons and electrons within atoms - and so on…  Where this "so on…" ends is the stuff (or dreams) that String Theory is made of.  It alleges that there are tiny little filament-type "strings" within each and every particle that you could ever imagine (and then some).  These "strings" are said to vibrate in different patterns (musically analogous to an electron vibrating like a middle C and a quark vibrating like an A).

If this were the case, then the entire universe would indeed be "singing."  This could be why Peter Larsen, a computational biologist at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, was able to transform "data from blue-green algae into musical notes."  Clara Moskowitz of LiveScience reports that this algae data is now in the "key of sea."


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