Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Millennium series - Three

Thought about the universe in the centuries before Copernicus was dominated by the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. According to Aristotle, the Earth was the centre of the universe. The four elements, earth, water, air and fire were naturally disposed in concentric spheres, earth at the centre. Outside these were the crystal spheres on which the heavenly bodies rotated. Heavy objects fell because they sought their natural place. These were natural motions. All other kinds of motion were violent motions.

The search for Life

In 1965 Physicist Robert Dicke determined a certain frequency of radio waves that come from all directions in Space simultaneously.Like radio listeners pulling out of the night the signal of a faraway station, they had heard the voice of creation.

Astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson were using an antenna to listen to radio waves from the Milky Way. They were puzzled by a faint background noise that seemed to be coming evenly from all parts of the sky. When they heard about Dicke's work, and compared the frequency and intensity of the radiation, the mystery faded. the phenomenon, called "Background Radiation" was thought to be echoes of the Big Bang.

After all
Astronauts viewing the Earth from the outer stratosphere feel homesickness, a longing for the Earth as home. From where they are, one finger could block the planet from view, thus reinforcing how insignificant we really are.

A series of 12 layouts from a project called the Millennium Diary deigned, written and published in 1998. It consisted of illustrations and quotes to describe our brief existence, that is from the time-tine on this planet. -thebookmann & Adele

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