The Story of the Universe

by Yan Gertsoyg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/1/2024

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781665752275
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781665752299
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 166
ISBN : 9781665752282

About the Book

The Story of the Universe was inspired by a very old idea—that the universe is one river and that galaxies, stars, planets, and people are all whirls and eddies in the universal flow, arising in the universe as naturally as whirls and eddies arise in a fast-flowing river. The universe arose once upon a time in a place that created time and space. It spread in darkness like an exploding black hole until there was light. It was pure energy in pure symmetry—almost. The imperfections weighed down upon space, gathering energy and mass into vortices, which turned into galaxies, which created stars, which created planets, which created us.

Converting the language of science into poetry, this poem is an attempt to unite religion and science using a very simple idea. We can disagree about whether the universe had a creator, but we can all agree that the universe is our creator. These verses also seek to bridge the gulf between art and science by showing that science is a rich vein of poetry for artists to mine.

About the Author

Yan Gertsoyg, born in Moscow in 1966, has lived and traveled all over the world. He holds a BA in philosophy, an MA in interdisciplinary studies, and a JD; he has been a lawyer for more than thirty years. He is also the author of Emergence of Value: Out of Chaos, on the origins of ethics, and The Fire Sea of Wonder: Philosophic Poems in Prose. He is married and lives in Canada.