Wednesday, March 3, 2010
So in my Science in Fiction Lit class we're reading a book called Cosmicomics. If you haven't read this book, you should pick it up. It will blow your mind. It's an older book, but it's very interesting. The Author, Italo Calvino, takes scientific facts about the Universe and turns them into this comic short stories, all centering around the same character Qfwfq. Don't ask me how to pronounce that cuz I have no idea. There are other characters throughout the storries too such as Ayl, Xlthlx, Captain Vhd Vhd, Pfwfp, The Z'zu Family and Dean (k)yK. But apparently this Q fellow has been around since forever. He's in a story that takes place around the time of the Big Bang, he's around with the dinosaurs, he's around in the present. Anyway, there's one story in particular that really makes you think. It's called All At One Point. "Through the calculations begun by Edwin P. Hubble on the galaxies' velocity of recession, we can establish the moment when all of the universe's matter was concentrated in a single point, before it began to expand in space." Wow. Just imagine ALL over the universe shoved into one teeny tiny spec smaller than any subatomic particle. That's smaller than a proton or neutron and even an electron which all make up an atom.... Try wrapping your mind around that.