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Homework Takeaway #5: We’re Pretty Sure There Was A Big Bang

After several months – was it really back in January that I posted my most recent update in this series? – I picked up “The Elegant Universe” again and kept reading. On page 349 (in my edition), Green talks about how there was a moment where the universe from being opaque to being transparent.

He then goes on to describe the moment of the birth of the universe in terms that make me think about how he talks about black holes in the previous chapter (p 342-344?). I’m not a hundred percent sure why, but this part of the book reminded me a little of those four-axis graphs, with space on one axis and time on the other, and black holes sucking in all information. It brought to mind the image of a God’s Eye, or one of those cool graphic design things everybody used to doodle in high school (the nearest I can find via Google Images is the first graph used on this total stranger’s blog entry, but imagine four quadrants of that facing one another).

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Awesome Awesome Amazeballs Awesome

The thing you always forget about performing is how quickly it happens. There’s an interminable amount of stuff that has to take place before a production, whether we’re talking a short film, a play, or a reading involving five performers converging on an old-time prestige venue like the Cornelia St Cafe.

That third one is a little specific, isn’t it.

Yesterday we had a live reading of Hot Mess: speculative fiction about climate change here in New York City. And by “we,” I mean everybody, with the exception of RJ, who wrote to us from New Zealand. Before about 4pm, the day is a blur. Literally a blur. I remember the gist of what I did: mostly sleep, since the night before was a rush of adrenaline and preparation and as with all these things, there never seems to be enough time. (Note “seems” – this is significant.)

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Homework Takeaway (#1): Light Ain’t Old

I’m reading Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe”. I decided to start organizing some of the thoughts I’m having as I read this book.

The most interesting line I read so far today was about the age of light. Greene is discussing how objects use up their motion either in time or in space, with most objects expending most of their energy via movement through time – that’s why nothing can achieve light speed, except for light.

Therefore, this means that light expends all its motion by moving through space, and the inverse meaning is that light doesn’t age.

As he puts it in his book, “Thus light does not get old; a photon that emerged from the big bang is the same age today as it was then. There is no passage of time at light speed.”

Kind of makes me want to go back and watch the end of SUNSHINE again.