January 3, 2010

The Origin of the Universe

"We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge ."
-George F. Will

Well, back to reality. I love being able to post everyday, but it's only possible when B is around to entertain the kids and put them to bed. Thinking and writing coherently are luxuries I can't really afford these days. Still, I hope to be a tad more interesting in 2010.

It's a little early to talk about our first week back at school, but something came up today while reading George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt. It's fantastic so far, but we are only two chapters in because every other page brings a dozen questions. We've been having side discussions on the Doppler effect, the big bang, and formation of planets. We even stopped mid-chapter to re-read Born With a Bang because Robotson wanted to know who created the speck that became the universe. I told him that was the ultimate question, and nobody knows; we may never know. He didn't believe me. "It was God" he said.