Where do we come from? Thats one of the greatest
questions of humankind. For science, its the Big Bang. An
unimaginable explosion some 15 billion years ago that gave birth
to energy and life as we know it. For religion, its the mysterious
hand of God. Is there room in the cosmos for both?
Physicist Joel Primack
and Nancy Abrams are the authors of "The View from
the Center of the Universe." They tell Steve Paulson how
humanity has moved back into the center of our myth-making centuries
after Copernicus shattered the old notion of an earth-centered
universe. Also, Don Gurnett has been working with NASA,
recording audio from space for years. He plays some of his favorite
space sounds for Jim Fleming and explains where they come from.
Do people believe there is
life on other planets? A medley of responses to this burning questions
begins this segment. Thebe Medupe is an astrophysicist
and producer of the documentary film "Cosmic Africa."
He tells Anne Strainchamps about spending time with the Kalahari
Bushmen and the Dogon people of Mali to learn their legends about
Daniel Matt is the
author of "God and the Big Bang" and one of the foremost
scholars of Jewish mysticism and the Kaballah. He tells Steve
Paulson that the Big Bang Theory is science's creation myth and
that the mystical and rational traditions can inform each other.
Also, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku thinks that nature
is God's greatest creation. Kaku is the author of "Parallel
Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in
CD copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 06-11-26-A.
Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams. The View From the
Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extrodinary Place
in the Cosmos. Riverhead Books.
Daniel Matt. God and
the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality.
Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes,
Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension. Anchor Books.
Michio Kaku. Parallel
Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future
in the Cosmos. Gardners.
Thebe Medupe was featured in the documentary,
"Cosmic Africa." The documentary was directed by Craig
and Damon Foster. The film was produced by Carl Sagan's studio
Cosmos Studios. For more information on the film go to: http://www.carlsagan.com
The Crystal Method's "High Roller"
and "Bad Stone" are off of their Vegas CD on Outpost
Alan Hovhaness's "Celestial Gate"
(symphony Nr. 6, Opus 173) was conducted by Rudolf Werthen and
performed by the Orchestra of Flanders off of the Celestial
Gate CD on Telarc.
Gyorgy Ligeti's "Atmospheres" was
conducted by Leonard Bernstein by the New York Philharmonic
off of the Music of Our Time CD on Sony Classics.
David Maslanka's "Summer Song" is
off his CD "The Music of David Maslanka" on Albany
The Kronos Quartet's music (Terry Riley's "Sun
Rings") was used by permission of The Kronos Quartet. The
music is not available commercially. To hear more about their
project and to hear more music please go to: http://kronosquartet.org/SR/index.html
week of 07/15/2006
- hour 2
week of 11/26/2006 - hour 1