What next?

Logarithmic History has involved mapping the history of the universe onto a single year, 2015, ending by mapping the year 2015 (in the history of the universe) onto one day, December 31, 2015. This raises the question “What next?”

Here are some options I’ve considered:

The Asymptote. We could continue the logarithmic scale past 2015. This would mean that blogging in 2016 would cover the events of most (94%) of 2016. Blogging in 2017 would cover the rest of 2016 and most (89%) of 2017, and so on, with history-of-the-universe time slipping further and further behind calendar time. This would eventually hit an asymptote in the year 2033. So I could pass on to my descendants, or perhaps to a monastic order or waqf, the eternal task of chronicling exponentially diminishing small slices of time leading up to April 2033.

I choose not.

The Logarithmic Future. We could flip things around in 2016: put the future of the universe on a logarithmic timescale, but with time passing more slowly at the beginning of the year instead of the end. We could carry this all the way to the death of the Sun or the Heat Death of the Universe. But this is more work than I am prepared to do. And, more philosophically, the presence of intelligent life in the universe introduces a great element of uncertainty to the future – more on this in future posts.

Reruns. In the end, I fall back on the easiest solution, rerunning the 2015 calendar in 2016 (adjusting for leap year, and for the fact that it’s one year later). I will repost my previous posts, and retweet my previous tweets on the appropriate days next year, with just modest copy editing. (Yes, there are embarrassingly many spelling mistakes on the blog.) I hope the venture finds new readers. (I’ve had a steady increase in traffic over the year.) And I hope that that some old readers will be inspired to celebrate some of the holidays suggested by the Logarithmic History calendar: moon-watching when Earth and moon are formed in January … feasting on shellfish to mark the Origin of Seafood By Means of Natural Selection … giving flowers on Amborella Day to celebrate the evolution of the first flowers … or enjoying homemade bread and hoisting a beer near the dawn of agriculture.

And in 2017, who knows? A Logarithmic History wiki?


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