Thursday, July 09, 2009

Herschel & Haydn

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Astronomy and classical music are two of my greatest fascinations. One relies on longitudinal waves and the other, transverse.

Listening to a BBC essay on Haydn immensely surprised me to learn that the discoverer of Uranus, the brilliant astronomer, William Herschel, was also a composer of classical music. It was equally surprising that Haydn even met the celebrated astronomer and one of his renowned religious works, The Creation oratorio, might have been partly influenced by the atheistic view to the birth of our Universe.

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