After 18 months of wait, we finally managed to attend Professor Brian Cox Live at Arena Birmingham. It was the first live event for both my partner and me — a packed arena with around 11,000 people. I had never seen anything like this before — so many people who paid around £50 to be there and understand more about cosmology.
The production value is superior, and you can see the amount of effort that has gone into it. A mind-blowing delivery was that of what would happen to you if you fell in a black hole. It takes the imagination of infinite scale to distil down extremely complex concepts to a layperson.
An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid
– Lord Rutherford of Nelson
The talk is scientific with layers of philosophy which compel one to think about their place in the universe.
A concept which shook my fundamental beliefs is the recycling of matter. Elements which support life example Carbon where made during the early years of the Universe, around 100 million years after the Big Bang. The stars when collapsed blasted all these elements into the Universe. So the stuff that you are made up of was once a part of a dying star, a single cell microbe, a tree, a dinosaur, and now it is you! When you pass away, it will become a part or something else; something incredible.
I was unable to remember any of the quotes used to open the talk, but these were inspiring to say the least. They encourage you to think about your place in the Universe; how unique it is and that it is our responsibility not just to feel that we belong to a small group of people, of a particular caste, community or even a nation. But to think of ourselves as a part of this celestial universe and that we are entrusted to unravel the mysteries of the Universe and create a harmony between its existence as well as ours.