You may, or may not, be familiar with this series of books; it started out quite sensibly really, with a volume for the 1001 essential books, another for movies and another for albums. Since then, apparently the books have been selling well because we've gone into a real jag here; they've since released books focusing on foods, buildings, gardens, golf courses, historical sites, natural wonders and classical recordings (good thing on that last one, since the albums book left out classical music entirely.) I suppose one's tolerance for these things depend upon one's own passions; I find the golf courses one kind of silly, but then I don't play golf. I do love music, so I love both the albums and the classical recordings book. That said, they've also released the book we'll be focusing on here. 1001 Days That Shaped the World, beginning with the Big Bang and wrapping up with last May's devestating earthquake in China. Some may interest us as a group more than others, but I think we'll have fun. I'm a little out of my depth here; The Senate is different from the Amp, where I generally post, but I found this book incredibly interesting and the topic isn't really suited for The Amp. So, here I am, hoping to find a welcoming group and a group of people ready to talk about the most important days in the history of our tiny little planet. Without further ado, let's get started. The Universe Explodes into Being The "Big Bang" is the beginning of universe. (13,700,000,000 Years Ago) The Big Bang theory, though of course, there wasn't a bang given the properties of sound in space, was put forward in the 1950s and remains the prevailing scientific opinion of how, not only our planet, but our entire universe came into being. The universe, incredibly small and incredibly hot, suffered a sudden expansion, from the minute to the larger and growing. It would have been some 380,000 years after this event that electrons and protons would finally come together; hydrogen collects and fuses into helium, and a star is born; these explode into supernovae and the universe as we know it begins. The book throws a lot of bones to the religious fundamentalists among us; I'm religious, but perhaps not entirely fundamentalist. Or perhaps fundamentalist, but not particularly religious. Regardless, I don't find anything in the Bible to directly contradict the idea of the Big Bang Theory and since I'm not a scientist, I give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Other religious scholars are less forgiving; more on that later. For now, the Big Bang? Thoughts?