On Earth As In The Heavens

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(12). “Of course, not all things and phenomena in the cosmos have counterparts on Earth…What matters is the universality of the physical laws that describe them.”

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Microwave ovens essentially don’t heat food; they heat the water in the food

DID YOU KNOW…

(11). “…water is the most common ingredient in food, and microwave ovens primarily heat water.”

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Universality Of Physical Laws

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(10). “…if we land on another planet with a thriving alien civilization, they will be running on the same laws that we discovered and tested here on Earth – even if the aliens harbor different social and political beliefs.”

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Universe invisible beyond spherical edge

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(8). “…there is a distance in every direction from us where the recession velocity for a galaxy equals the speed of light. At this distance and beyond, light from all luminous objects loses all its energy before reaching us. The universe beyond this spherical edge is thus rendered invisible and, as far as we know, unknowable.”

(9). “Among all constants, the speed of light is the most famous. No matter how fast you go, you will never overtake a beam of light.”

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Universe Had A Beginning after all

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(7). “What we do know, and what we can assert, without hesitation, is that the universe had a beginning. The universe continues to evolve. And yes, every one of our body’s atoms is traceable to the big bang and to the thermo-nuclear furnaces within high mass stars that exploded more than five billion years ago.”

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Sun Sheds Its Skin

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(6). “The sun loses material from its surface at a rate of one million tons per second.”

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Stars Outnumber Words Uttered By Humans?

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(5). “There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on any beach, more stars than seconds have passed since Earth formed, more stars than words and sounds ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived.”

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Nobody owns the air they breathe, believe it or not

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(4). “A single breath of air draws in more air molecules than there are single breathfuls of air in Earth’s entire atmosphere. That means some of the air you just breathed passed through the lungs of Napolean, Beethoven, Lincoln, and Billy the Kid.”

 

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How old is the water you drink?

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(3). “There are more molecules of water in a cup of the stuff than there are cups of water in all the world’s oceans. Every cup that passes through a single person and eventually rejoins the world’s water supply hold enough molecules to mix 1,500 of them into every cup of water in the world. No way around it: some of the water you just drank passed through the kidneys of Socrates, Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc.”

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Do huge genetic gaps among earths creatures exist?

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(2). “If a huge genetic gap separated us from our closest relative in the animal kingdom, we could justifiably celebrate our brilliance. We might be entitled to walk around thinking we’re distant and distinct from our fellow creatures. But no such gap exists. Instead, we are one with the rest of nature, fitting neither above nor below, but within.”

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Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson – a book review

Never before have I written a review on a book where I didn’t understand ninety-nine percent of the material in it.

“Astrophysics is a very broad subject; it requires knowledge of fields such as electromagnetic theory, mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics. The study of astrophysics includes measuring properties such as chemical composition, density, mass, luminosity and temperature of stellar objects and using them to model and predict how the stellar bodies would behave.” source: differencebetween.com

Although I took a course in astronomy while in college to fulfill my science requirement, it didn’t leave much of an impact and contained nothing about astrophysics or any of the areas of study mentioned in the previous paragraph.

In fact, I never read any book from cover to cover that I didn’t understand. What would be the point? Even now after reading it, I don’t know why I want to read it again. But I do and I probably will. To do this review I’m going to go back and reread all the pages I checked to return to – pages with nuggets of interesting facts about the universe that we not only live in, but that lives within us.

That’s the first nugget I discovered when Steve brought home the book and I fanned to a page towards the end where it said,

(1). “We do not simply live in the universe. The universe lives within us”.

I was immediately hooked, since that’s something I believed all along, that we were not independent of the universe, and not simply part of it, as a working component, but it was in us and we in it.

As I read this book I didn’t understand, I did so in the same way I read any other book – now and then when I realized my mind drifting out of the zone for a few paragraphs, I returned to reread them, making sure I fully attended to each word before moving on, even though I wasn’t consciously connecting any dots, because the dots didn’t mean anything. It was like reading a foreign language. I kept up with it though, reading a couple chapters each night before going to sleep.

From this position of not knowing, I pass on to you what I thought interesting and fun facts about where we live and what lives within us, that happen to be one and the same: the universe.


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Notes:

Although I recommend buying the book, I read one on loan from the library. If I were younger, I’d want a copy of my own. My library is long gone now, mostly sold when we needed money for something essential.

So why the interest? Why not? It’s all around us; it’s in us; we’re in it; why not be curious about what we don’t know?

Why continue to read something I clearly didn’t understand? Maybe at some level of our intelligence or some other process yet to be recognized or named by science, we are programmed to understand some rudimentary laws of physics absent the terminology used to describe and define them.

Maybe we’re designed to recognize and understand certain concepts regarding anything even though we don’t know the formulas, equations or methods used to prove them. I believe that happened with me.