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Sometimes it's Best to Start at the Beginning: Acoustics and Big History

Sometimes it's Best to Start at the Beginning: Acoustics and Big History
15 King's College Circle, University College, UC179
Time: Nov 12th, 12:00 pm End: Nov 12th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Music, Faculty of , History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Digital Art/Humanities, Communications, 2000-
Talk by Richard Cullen Rath, Director of the Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

The Department of History is pleased to present:

Richard Cullen Rath, Associate Professor of History and Director, Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Sometimes it's Best to Start at the Beginning: Acoustics and Big History

Sound is inextricably bound to time, and if some scholars are to be believed, sonic time is too fleeting for historians to grasp, a wisp of air, gone as soon as it is born. In listening in on the origins of the universe, we find that quite the opposite is possible. Time is bound to the temporal, but this very feature has allowed us to make an auditory map of it in much the same way that vision lets us map space, scaling the time down from millions of years to a few milliseconds. Much as visual cartography lets us attend to features of space, our sonic cartography of the early universe lets us listen to the changes through time as they unfold, making it a distinctly useful historical tool. While cosmology maps the natural order of the universe, this is cosmogony, history at its grandest scale, what has fashionably come to be called “Big History.” In deep time, human history does not even register. The scale is billions of years, but the questions are universal: Where does our world and all we can see come from? What was here before? How did it all begin?

This event is free and open to all. You are welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch if you wish.  For further information, please contact the Department of History at (416) 978-3363.

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