Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When music and molecules converge

Mark Gresham reviews Emory's recent music-and-science performance of "Creation of the World" for

"In the beginning was the Sound. The big bang. From that event more than 13 billion years ago, science tells us, the universe rapidly expanded and cooled enough that its white noise of energy could change into subatomic particles. Those particles later joined to form atoms, and those atoms combined to form molecules, eventually leading to the emergence of life. Biochemists are researching what harmonious chemical conditions might have led to the emergence of life.

"Science isn’t the only field to speculate about the origins of the universe and of life. Explorations of the relationship of music to the fundamental nature of the cosmos go far back in history, from the teachings of Pythagoras and the ancient Chinese “yellow bell,” which served as a foundation of not just music but of all physical measurements, to the medieval European concept of musica universalis, the 'music of the spheres.'"

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