Olber's Dance in the Dark (rev. 2015)

String Quartet

Duration: 9 minutes | Composed: rev. 2015 (Australian String Quartet - Adelaide, New Fromm Players - Hong Kong) | Adelaide, Australia (July 2010). Commissioned as part of the ASQ National Composers Forum 2011 | Recording: Performance by Kuttner String Quartet (Winner of the Kuttner String Quartet Composition Prize).

At night step outside and, weather permitting, take a look at the brightly lit backbone in the sky. On a clear night your observations made of the night sky can be every bit as profound as Einstein’s or Kepler’s. The fact that the night sky is dark, and not as bright as the burning star at the center of our solar system tells us the most fundamental thing about our universe. The catch in Olber’s paradox is that it is impossible for the universe to be infinitely large because if it were there would not be a dark sky at night, due to every point in our line of sight being taken up by the forever existing light of a star, whether near or far, similar to the way you would not be able catch sight of the landscape which sits just beyond a dense forest of trees stretching out for miles and miles.

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