Just been listening to the Guardian Science Weekly, one of an increasing number of podcasts that have started to take over my free listening hours (alongside In Our Time, Collins & Herring (not for the easily offended), and Adam & Joe). The guest was Christopher Potter, publisher of numerous popular science books and now author of ‘You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe’.
I’ve not read the book yet but the discussion around it was fascinating. Potter talked about examining the known universe from the tiny to the enormous; from the sub-atomic to the galactic. It got me, and the podcast panel, thinking about how little we consider our position in the universe on these scales while we go about our everyday lives.
It could be a recipe for depression, considering how insignificant our lives are on an intergalactic scale. Or it could be a source of inspiration, recognising how much remains to be explored and learned.
Personally, I prefer the latter option.