Random Thoughts, and other musings.
August 21, 2012
How would you describe the concept of the big bang if you lived prior to the existence of modern science and lacked a vocabulary that could adequately present the scientific concept accurately?
British writer and scientist Arthur C. Clarke in the essay "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination", in Profiles of the Future (1962) wrote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Now imagine you lived between 1040-970 BCE, around the era when King David wrote the Psalms, long before the advent of Sir Isaac Newton and modern science, and someone presented to you the concept of the big bang, and that the "echo" of the big bang was still audible to this day.
NPR Radio: The Big Bang's Echo"
How would you describe such a concept with your limited scientific vocabulary? Would it possibly be like this?:
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them, yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV)