Eternal Light...On The Boundaries Between Science And Poetry
" Eternal Light
" is one of my poems which is at the boundaries between Science and Poetry, as you can understand by reading what follows.
I make a premise. I am convinced, I think as many people, that Science, has a " pragmatic
" function, based on knowledge from the human beings about the world as it is. But next to the "pragmatic" function, it is important, in my opinion, valorising the " poetical
" function of Science: its function, that is, of creating and contemplating beauty
It is a frequent and intense experience that one to be amazed and fascinated by the beauty, not just of a natural phenomenon, but also of a theory, a result, a model: up to the point that great physicists such as Paul Dirac
have could to propose the aesthetic criterion
as a guide for the choice of scientific hypotheses. The contemplation of beauty is also a form of knowledge
, which for too long has been separated and even opposed to the experience of scientific knowledge.
One of the biggest risks of Science, next to that one of an oversimplification, is to mortify the experience of beauty and mystery of the world through an exasperated effort of reductionist explanation. As a teacher
, I think that the teaching of Science
must be more open to the complexity of the world and of our relationship with it, a relationship that is at the same time of modelistic simplification and magical enchantment.
In such a scenario it places itself my poem.
In the poem, you adventure yourselves up to the boundaries of the Big Bang, the name by which it is called the cosmic event occurred, according to the current scientific theories, about 13 billion and 800 million years ago, and to which it would come from the origin of the Universe, still expanding.
In fact, we do not know much about how the universe to have originated. According to the cosmological model of the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago, there would have been an extremely hot and dense initial condition. Imagine that there was a great deal of heat and very little space ... a point of spacetime, called by the physicists " singularity
", for which everything was in hectic motion.
In summary, an extreme situation that makes particularly difficult getting an idea about the early Universe. According to data collected by ESA's Planck telescope
, we were able to reconstruct a map concerning the oldest light in the universe, imprinted in the sky when it was only 380,000 years.
At that time, the young Universe was full of a kind of hot, dense soup with protons, electrons and photons interacting with each other, at about 2700 °C. When protons and electrons joined to form hydrogen atoms, the light was released
At this point begins the journey of " Eternal Light
", which finishes with a rhetorical question
. Considerations and reflections...to you
► The traslated version of poemEternal Light
From the night
of dark era
you arise eternal light
the quiescent Universe.
Tireless you irradiate
from vibrant forges
which a vital planet
in a milky Galaxy
will call stars.
You penetrate meanders
of the spacetime
and ineluctable you drag
the remote echo
of primitive instant.
You enclose messages
in persistent flares
for those who can read
the cosmic symbols
of universal History.
of distant events
sidereal you reflect
in water droplets
of seas and oceans.
For how much time
companion you will be
of humans and things
on the blue planet?
► The original version In ItalianEterna Luce
sorgi eterna luce
Indefessa ti irradi
da vibranti fucine
che un vitale pianeta
in una lattea Galassia
Trapassi i meandri
e ineluttabile trascini
del primitivo istante.
in persistenti bagliori
per chi sa leggere
i cosmici simboli
di Storia universale.
di eventi lontani
in gocce d'acqua
di mari e oceani.
fino a quando
di uomini e cose
sull'azzurro pianeta?It was difficult to translate the poem
into English because the Italian language is very rich in nuances that can be fully appreciated only in the original language. I tried to do my best.
►The image below is the Lagoon Nebula
, a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius
. It is classified as an emission nebula and as a H II region. It is one among the most beautiful nebulae.
► Image source >>http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130817.html#science #poetry #nebulae #space #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday