Journey of the Universe Journal #1

These first 2 chapters in JOTU have led me to the realization that I take nature for granted. I’ve taken walks on the beach hundreds of times, and yet it has never occurred to me that there are people who will live their entire lives without seeing what an ocean looks like for themselves. How is it that this has never occurred to me?

The creation of the universe is a beautiful thing. How is it that everything works so perfectly? At the beginning of time, or the universe, what occupied all of the space that the known universe is currently occupying? What is beyond our ever-expanding universe? Reading this book seems to leave me with more questions than answers, but regardless leaves me satisfied with the outcome.

As a chemistry major, I am fascinated by atoms. They make up everything, yet we cannot see an individual atom. The initial “creation” of atoms is astonishing. When did the first atom appear? Where is that atom today? It could be anything from a part of this very computer that I am typing on, or millions of light years away on some planet that that has yet to be discovered. The unknown is incredible.

If the universe would have expanded one millionth of one percent slower or faster, we all would not be here today. That sounds like it’s a miracle that we are even here, but if it is put into context it becomes a little less like a miracle. If you think about it, our universe had literally all the time in the world to perfect itself. It had an infinite amount of time to figure out the perfect rate of expansion. Therefore, the creation of the universe seems a little bit more like an ‘it’s about time’ that ‘it’s a miracle’.

At the end of chapter one, the author describes the universe as being shaped by the creativity of its parts. This conclusion of the first chapter made me feel more connected to my universe than I ever have before.

Chapter two explores the ideas of the formation of galaxies. Some of the oldest scientists believed that either the Earth of the sun was the center of the universe. Sadly, they were all wrong. Science has come to the conclusion that the universe has many centers. The idea of something that has many centers seems like something that could not exist, but we happen to live in this multi-centered universe every day of our lives.

Everything seems like it happened perfectly for our lives to occur. Not only should we be thankful for the formation of the Earth and the perfect conditions that it provides us with, but we also have the creation of the Milky Way galaxy to be thankful for. It is a spiral galaxy, which makes it a somewhat stable galaxy. There are so many things that could have gone wrong, but we somehow still made it here.

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