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August 18 201405·45 pm1 note

We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack — a sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space. (Black holes, for instance, bang on spacetime like a drum.) An accessible and mind-expanding soundwalk through the universe.


April 10 201406·12 pm1 note

I had this podcast on while running this morning, and it blew my mind: An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

A must listen for every “sincere seaker”.

(Source: / On Being)

August 02 201211·54 am

David Sloan Wilson believes that evolution is not just a description of how we got here. He says it can also be a tool kit for improving how we live together.

(Source: / On Being)

The mind of God would be cosmic music. Cosmic music resonating through 11-dimensional hyperspace.

June 25 201209·02 am3 notes
Michio Kaku, American physicist

(Source: Guardian)

The mathematical formulas that were initially developed to describe the behavior of the universe turn out to govern the behavior of the universe.

June 20 201210·51 pm4 notes
Ross Rhodes


The purpose of medicine is not to relieve all the problems of human mortality… . [It] has no competence to manage the meaning of life and death—the deepest and oldest human questions—but only some of the physical and psychological manifestations of those problems.

Your poor, deluded gray matter sees what it expects to see, not what is actually there. The moral? Treat with the greatest suspicion the proof of your own eyes.

June 06 201208·41 am1 note

As Gordon Hempton points out, silence isn’t necessarily an absence of sound but a presence all its own. And, in much the same way, physicist Janna Levin says, space isn’t necessarily quiet either. Working at her lab at Columbia University, she projects that the universe creates an aural footprint that “will be music to our ears because it will be the quiet echo of that moment of our creation of our observable universe.” If we can only pick it up…

In this presentation at TED 2011, she plays her projections of the sounds the universe makes — black holes merging and falling into one another, the “white noise of the Big Bang”. It’ll make you wonder about the biggest questions at the core of what it means to be a sentient being in this universe or the next.