Download e-book for iPad: Acquainted with the Night. A Celebration of the Dark Hours by Christopher Dewdney

By Christopher Dewdney

ISBN-10: 1408820404

ISBN-13: 9781408820407

We arrange for it every one night, and spend part our lives in its embody, but evening keeps its mysteries. In conversant in THE evening, writer and poet Christopher Dewdney takes readers on a desirable trip throughout the nocturnal realm. Twelve chapters correspond to the twelve hours of an 'ideal' evening, beginning at 6pm and finishing at 6am, and function issues of departure for night's vital topics; from sunsets, nocturnal animals, bedtime tales, fairs of the evening, fireworks, nightclubs, astronomy, sleep and desires, to the graveyard shift, girls of the evening, the paintings of evening, and never-ending nights. With boundless interest, a lyrical, intimate tone, and a mind for night-time beauties either ordinary and artifical, Dewdney paints an enthralling portrait of the midnights.

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In this version the goddess Night (also known as Nyx) produces an egg from which Eros hatches: "in the infinite bosom of Erebus, Night with black wings first produced an egg without a seed. " The goddess Night, it seems, was able to conceive both immaculately and carnally, at least according to the ancient Greeks. The Maori of New Zealand had a similar cosmogony. They believed that the sky and earth were personified as two original gods, Rangi and Papatu-a-nuka, respectively. The rest of the Maori's seventy gods were the children of Rangi and Papatu-a-nuka.

But to experience the first night on our planet, we'd have to travel even farther back in time, much farther, billions of years before the beginning of life. 5 billion years ago, it shows the first night (after the dust had been cleared from the earth's sky) would have lasted only minutes! The stars would appear to wheel dizzily through the heavens and the moon, if there were one (according to a recent theory the moon was created by a large asteroid impact a few million years after the formation of the earth), would careen through the stars like a cannonball.

But in this nothingness a unique event occurred: an infinitesimal blip, maybe an intimation, a tiny precognitive echo of the immensity to follow. " A singularity is an extraordinarily dense point of mass and energy that defies the general laws of physics. A black hole, for example, is a type of singularity. From that very first singularity, which was about the size of a dime, the entire universe blossomed in a tremendous explosion called the big bang and is still expanding today. 5 billion years ago.

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