As I was getting ready this morning, I was listening to a Fresh Air podcast as I do most mornings. This one was on the “Physics of The Future” where Terry Gross interviewed quantum physicist Michio Kaku. Kaku has written a new book “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100.” He co-founded string field theory and is a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York.
I held my breathe when I listened to the following, as this is what I had visually experienced in a ceremony in Peru: theorems etched on ribbons of color, undulating, pulsating, and interacting with every molecule of my being, and with every note of the ikaro being sung. I wanted to keep this passage in a safe place, so I can come back to it at any time.
Terry Gross asks Kaku to explain a field theory of strings . . .
GROSS: If I asked you what the theory is, would I understand your answer?
KAKU: Well, very simply, that all the sub-atomic particles – neutrons, protons, quarks – are nothing but musical notes on a tiny rubber band, that when you twang the rubber band, it changes from one frequency to another. So it changes from an electron to a neutrino. And you twang it enough, it can turn into all the subatomic particles we see in the world.
So all the subatomic particles that make up our body are nothing but different notes on many, many, many tiny little violin strings, little rubber bands, and that physics is nothing but the laws of harmony of these vibrating strings. Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on these vibrating strings. The universe is a symphony of strings, and the mind of God that Einstein wrote eloquently about the last 30 years of his life, is cosmic music resonating through 11-dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God.
This is the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in 2011.