And Then There Was Light: Sonoluminescence

This week, I started to do a post showing the similarities and dissimilarities of various religions (much like I did in the last post for Christian Denominations). However, I came across this interesting video and decided to share it instead. The comparison of religions post is coming, though!

The above video is from BBC Horizon's An Experiment to Save the World. The researcher in the video is Dr. Seth Putterman who is a professor in the physics department at UCLA. His research covers sonoluminescence—the process of sound being turned into light.  This phenomenon occurs when a sound wave passes through a bubble of liquid, causing the bubble to first expand and then collapse. Upon collapsing the energy is released in the form of light. After noting that the light appears like a star, Dr. Putterman reveals in the video that the surface of the light bubble burns at tens of thousand degrees. The current question is whether the inner core is hotter and hot enough for fusion.

The scientific impressiveness of this is obvious; if it turns out that the inner core is in fact capable of nuclear fusion, the uses of this discovery are countless. What may not be obvious, and probably won't be mentioned by the science community is that this possibility was recorded over 3500 years ago in approximately 1400 bc. Genesis 1:2-3 says that God spoke to the waters and created light!

How did Moses know that sound  (the sound emitted from God's voice in this case) actually can create light?

I've always found it interesting that scientists merely provide "scientific evidence" that the story told in Genesis 1 is completely plausible. The only real point of contention is the time frame, which makes sense as time is measured by man made units. For example, it is currently 2015 in America, but in Islamic countries it is 1435. Because both of these calendars were created during time periods we know much about and are still presently used, it is easy to translate between them and understand how the dates match up. However, we have no record from mankind during Adam and Eve's time on Earth. How do we know the unit of "day" is the same as our "day"? How do we know the Earth rotated at the same speed? There is a lot to be accounted for that could cause carbon dating to generate a different time frame. Regardless of the timing, it is amazing that people who didn't have telescopes, computers, space-travel, cell-phones, the concept of zero, or even schools could accurately predict modern day occurrences and discoveries.

Perhaps after I finish the post on different religions, I'll do "True Predictions of the Bible." Let me know what you think below.

References

  1. Seth Putterman. "Sonoluminescence: Sound Into Light". Putterman Research Group via University of California, Los Angeles; visited April 2015
  2. V.B. Belyaev, Yu.Z. Ionikh, M.B. Miller, A.K. Motovilov, A.V. Sermyagin, A.A. Smolnikov, and Yu.A. Tolmachev. "Experiments on Sonoluminescence: Possible Nuclear and QED Aspects and Optical Applications". AIP Conference Proceedings, pg. 413-416. December 26, 1999
  3. A World Of Knowledge. "Horizon: An Experiment To Save The World". YouTube. March 17, 2014

2 comments :

  1. That's really interesting. Thank you for sharing.
    I also found the whole concept of days and unit measurements to be different from long ago to be puzzling.

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    1. Hey! Thanks for reading :)
      Yeah, when people bring up time I'm always quick to point out that how we view time has changed a lot since back then.

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Author Image Author Image I love reading the Word of God. With prayer God's Word reveals so much: from comfort to temperance, from perspective to affirmation. Digging into the depths of the Word, cross-referencing history, language and time differences, is a passion of mine. In March of 2015 I decided to go back through the Bible doing an in depth study on each section I read. Eventually I decided to share my journal of notes as I partake in this journey. I hope you are blessed by God and inspired to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. I love reading and learning about God, nature, and science. I am interested in how it all connects. The Creator's fingerprints are all over his creation. We can learn so much about Him and how we came to be by exploring the world around us. Join me as I explore the world and draw closer to the One who created it all.
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