Grand Unified Theory I: The most tiny quantity of reality...

Mar 2014

This oboe solo is the first of a series of works inspired by the universe (and writings and theories about it).

solo | oboe

Program Note

"... the most tiny quantity of reality ever imagined by a human being." -Frederick Reines, co-discoverer of the neutrino<br/>Very tiny particles are flying through space all around us. Neutrinos, also known as "cosmic rays" bombard us at an estimated rate of 65 billion per second - for every square centimeter on Earth. So tiny are these, that most pass between and through our atoms without so much as a wink or a nod. But in the amazingly rare occasion that they encounter another particle (such as the colossal immensity of a proton), amazing displays of spiraling fireworks occur. They detonate in a fury of whirling explosions, shattering open and hurling out ever more wonderous particles inside. All of this occurring in the "tiniest quantity of reality ever imagined by a human being."