Wednesday, March 16, 2005

"We were here!"

For my money, the Voyager space probes are probably the greatest achievement of humanity thus far. Why? Attached to the sides of each are the famous Golden Records, time capsules of Earth's ingenuity. The Voyagers will soon leave the Solar System to, perhaps forever, travel in interstellar space. It pleases me greatly to know that a recording of a Bach fugue performed by Glenn Gould is going along with them.

Tens of thousands of years from now, when everything we know or care about has long turned to dust, there will still be Voyager -- and more importantly, Bach!

*As a side note, if you'd like to see a nifty visualization and analysis of the Voyager fugue (and others), take a look here.