How many earths?
I am currently tackling a very difficult subject written very simply in a small book.
The book is Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli.
According to the discovery of images in deep space using the Hubble telescope, there are innumerable galaxies each containing a hundred billion suns similar to ours.
The majority of these suns have planets, so there are in this universe thousands of billions of billions of billions of planets such as Earth.
That is such a huge number that it kind of turns the layman off from even imagining such a universe where we count for very little.
As long as we stick to our minute image of our planet and place upon it, we can plump up our importance in our own minds.
In this charming book, Mr. Rovelli talks about mathematical probabilities, quantum leaps and the Heisenberg principle.
After some very learned discussion about the nature of the universe concerning black holes, the bending of space and time, he throws in an unnecessary phrase on page 18 that says” It’s as if God had not designed reality with a line that was heavily scored but just dotted it with a faint outline”.
Now wait just a freaking minute!
I thought this book was an explanation about reality! I can understand the concept of hugeness, atomic structure, space and time being relative and all that scientific jargon if one keeps to a real discussion.
To suddenly throw in a character such as God who has nothing to do with reality is bending my mind into a pretzel!
It is as if I were to try to explain to a child how to build a logical way of reasoning from what he observes, and then suddenly start talking about Santa Claus making it all okay if problems arise.
The problem with this book continues on page 37, where after stating that no proton had ever been seen disintegrating, he states” The beautiful theory (SU5) despite its considerable elegance was not to the Lord’s liking”.
Whether or not any invisible imaginary deity likes a human derived theory of the reality we see around us should not be included here, but when you come from an Italian background, I suspect the religion creeps into everything a scientist writes or discusses.
They obviously cannot separate their fantasy from reality, so I take this author with a grain of salt.
Later in the book he talks about our specie’s’ demise. We seem to have the shorter life span than a turtle as a species.
I take exception to that.
Sharks have survived unchanging for millions of years, but the dinosaurs that also were long lived as a species did not. They were unable to adapt, and if we destroy our environment as we seem to be doing, then the turtles that have no apposable thumbs, (despite what we think of Ninja Turtles) will not survive either.
We are the thinking species, and can plan ahead so that we do not destroy our world and everything in it, but I doubt if sharks, turtles, jelly fish or wombats will do well if we do not face up to reality.
Our fate depends on ourselves, and not some invisible “Lord” who stands outside the universe like a traffic director (according to Mr. Rovelli and evangelists everywhere), so if we want a future we better start thinking a bit faster and wiser.