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The eleventh book of Creation, called
346 The Bible According to Einstein
And it was declared that positive charges
And when electrons were captured by the nuclei in atoms, light was emitted. And since there were so many electrons and so many nuclei, light was produced profusely. There was a tremendous flash throughout the Universe. And the radiation was ultraviolet, blue, yellow, red, and infrared. All this lasted for several thousand years as ten-to-the-eighty49 electrons paired with ten-to-the-eighty protons to form ten-to-the-eighty atoms of hydrogen and helium. And this event in cosmic history was provided with a name. And Recombination was the name.50
And a few protons and electrons found no lover.
49 1080, or one-hundred-million-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion-trillion.
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Chapter III: The Last Light Thy Universe turned dark.
Chapter III: The Last Light
Thy Universe turned dark.
And during Recombination, the Universe scintillated in radiant brilliant light. Now at the end of Recombination, when almost all electrons were bound to nuclei, the production of light gradually stopped. And eventually, the Universe turned dark and black. Henceforth, the Universe would continue to be dark and black. And the first day for the Universe, which had lasted three-hundred-thousand years, was over. And the first night for the Universe began. And this night would last for the next fifteen-billion years or so, for the first day of the Universe was its last day. Forever forth would it be night.
On the last day of Recombination,
Chapter IV: The Cosmic Background
And the gate of it shall not be shut at end of day,
And so it had come to pass that the Universe had undergone a phase transition, from a plasma to a gas. And the formation of atoms had rendered matter neutral. And so electromagnetic radiation interacted weakly with the atoms.51 And these interactions were so weak that electromagnetic waves were liberated. Thus photons travelled undisturbed their fate became the same fate of the Deuteronomy neutrinos.52 And cosmic photons, like cosmic neutrinos, became invisible and formed a cosmic relic, travelling through the Universe without disturbance for the rest of time.
And husky blacksmiths pounded at the anvil
And whereas the first few minutes of the Universe had been a series of events in which symmetries were broken, the next fifteen-billion years would be characterized by the collapse of matter under gravity at different distance scales in space.
51 Neutral matter interacts more weakly than charged matter, for it is charge that creates electromagnetic interaction.