Journey of the Universe

Synopsis: The Emmy Award winning JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE tells an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation from The Big Bang to today. Evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and Yale historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker have crafted an elegant narrative that both illuminates and celebrates the profound role humans play in the flourishing of the Earth.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Shelter Island
56 min


Many of the world's greatest stories begin

with a journey.

A quest to answer life's

most intimate questions.

Where do we come from?

Why are we here?

From the dawn of time, all

cultures have created stories

to help explain the

ultimate nature of things.

And perhaps a new story

is emerging in our time.

One grounded in contemporary science,

and yet nourished by the

ancient religious wisdom

of our planet.

What if the universe,

even the Earth itself,

has its own unique story to tell.

One in which we play a profound role.

We're on the Greek island of Samos,

just a mile off the coast of Turkey.

We could tell the story

of the universe anywhere.

Each place would offer its

own unique possibilities

for the telling.

But we chose Samos because it's one

of the great crossroads of human history.

Europeans, Asian and Africans

have all made their way here.

And by telling the story on an island,

surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea,

we will be reminded that we

live on this shining planet,

sailing through the great

ocean of the universe.

And there's another reason

we have come to Samos.

And that is because 2,600 years ago,

Pythagoras was born here.

Pythagoras, a mathematician

and philosopher,

was one of the first humans to realize

that the harmonies and

relationships in the universe

could be given expression using numbers.

The kind of foundations he

generated led eventually

to all of modern mathematical science.

He was also a great teacher.

In fact, legend has it that he invented

the word philosophy, a love of wisdom.

We'll spend a day here on Samos.

Before the clock strikes midnight,

we will have recounted the great events

of our 14 billion year cosmic evolution.

Our immense journey told in a single day

on one of Earth's magical islands.

How did it all start?

An awesome question, certainly.

But it appears there

really was a beginning.

Some scientists refer to

this as the Big Bang.

I like to call it the great flaring forth.

Imagine the universe beginning like this.

14 billion years ago,

everything in the universe,

all the bright matter of

the stars and galaxies,

as well as all the dark

matter no one has ever seen.

All of it existed in a single point

so energetic it was

trillions of degrees hot.

Instantly this micro-universal rushed apart

even faster than the speed of light.

The discovery that the

universe has expanded

and is still expanding

is one of the greatest

of human history.

The common understanding had been

that the universe is simply a vast space.

A vast space in which things existed.

Large things like galaxies

and small things like atoms.

Scientists knew that matter

changed form in the universe,

but everyone assumed that the universe

as a whole was not changing.

But no, the universe is changing,

and has changed dramatically.

The universe has a story.

A beginning, a middle where we are now,

and perhaps in some far

distant future, an end.

In the 1920s, the cosmologist Edwin Hubble

trained his 100-inch at the night sky.

He was trying to determine if our Milky Way

was the only galaxy in the universe.

Not only did he discover the universe

was filled with galaxies,

he also determined that

all of them are rushing

away from each other.

With Hubble's work, humanity learned

that the universe began

with a massive explosion

that has been carrying the galaxies apart

for billions of years.

Another special quality about the universe

is the rate of expansion.

If the rate of expansion had been slower,

even slightly slower,

even a millionth of a percent slower,

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