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[Scientist Simon Singh] Source: LYBIO.net
Good things that people do. In England, there’s a pop singer, very – one of the top popular singers in England today, Katie Melua. And she wrote a beautiful song. It was in top five for 90 in 2005, called, Nine Million Bicycles in Beijing. It’s a love story – she’s sort of the Norah Jones of the U.K. about how much she loves her guy, and compared to nine million bicycles, and so forth. And she has this one passage here.
[Katie Melua – Nine Million Bicycles]
We are 12 billion light-years from the edge?
That’s a guess?
No one can ever say it’s true?
But I know that I will always be with you?
[Scientist Simon Singh]
Well, that’s nice. At least she got it close. In America it would be, we’re 6,000 light years from the edge.
But my friend, Simon Singh, the particle physicist, now turned science educator, and he wrote the book The Big Bang, and so on. He uses every chance he gets to promote good science. And so, he wrote an op-ed piece in The Guardian about Katie’s song, in which he said, well, we know exactly how old, how far from the edge. You know, it’s 12 – it’s 13.7 billion light years, and it’s not a guess. We know within precise error bars there how close it is. And so, we can say, although not absolutely true, that it’s pretty close to being true.
And, to his credit, Katie called him up after this op-ed piece came out. And said I’m so embarrassed. I was a member of the astronomy club, and I should have known better. And she re-cut the song. So I’ll end with the new version.
We are 13.7 billion light years from the edge of the observable universe? That’s a good estimate with well-defined error bars? And with the available information? I predict that I will always be with you.
How cool is that?
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