A brief history:
Finally a summing up, intended to demonstrate that the universe can be thought of in simple terms that we can relate to everyday experience. All of this vision of the universe should be studied, of course; assumptions confirmed, assertions tested, logic validated. A lot of existing math will be found to be still useful, particularly in the Zone of Middle Dimensions, where, after all, nearly all of us live and work. New math will be needed as well because applying these ideas demands quantification. But for niow, the brief history:
“In the beginning or maybe at a time nearer the middle or perhaps sometime in the more recent past (around fifteen billion years ago or so) somewhere in the vast sea of cosmic energy from which we arose, vibrating at frequencies we still cannot measure but higher than that of the gamma rays we can measure, two or a few or perhaps many of those vibrations synchronized, resonated, and amplified one another to a level high enough to initiate and sustain a phase transition to a stable state, and in that process distorted its nearby region sufficiently to support others of its kin to do the same.
From this simple beginning arose by phase transitions of higher orders, aggregation, and dispersal, all of the complex turbulences and orderly constructs that we see, hear, touch, taste, smell, dream and imagine that make up what we call our universe, whose history we have teased out from those perceptions and those imaginings, from the sound of the cosmic surf as the energy of the cosmos fuels its growth (like the sound from the beaches of an atoll in the middle of a mighty ocean, a sound we once thought came to us as the echo of a myth of an explosion that made the universe out of nothing), from our understanding of the workings of the stuff that we perceive and the patterns they follow, and from our knowledge and understanding of the fleeing stars beyond us.
The end will come when some failed connection or structural flaw makes the universe’s continued existence as a massive construct impossible; it will start with a gradual dimming as stars begin their descent back into the cosmic sea, first in nova-like emissions of visible light, then falling below the threshold of visibility but still giving off radiation until their ultimate dissolution into the field, in a manner no more violent or fearsome than that of a grain of salt dissolving in a pond, and then the final black hole will ripple out leaving only a wisp of turbulence, as from the snuffing of the night’s last candle.”