“Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again…. And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence.”
These Simon and Garfunkle lyrics seem rather prescient in the context of current interest in sounds “generated” by cosmic phenomena. Of course, it’s true that without an atmosphere to transmit sound waves, we can’t actually hear anything in deep space.
We previously contemplated on our blog about how the universe might end (don’t worry, it’s billions of years away!) so now seems like a good time to delve into the other great question that has excited scientists and philosophers down the ages: how did life begin?