Symphony of Science – ‘The Big Beginning’

Symphony of Science – ‘The Big Beginning’ (ft. Hawking, Sagan, Dawkins, Shears, Tyson)



“The Big Beginning” is the eighth instalment in the Symphony of Science music video series. It deals with the origins of our universe, covering the Big Bang theory, expansion and cooling of the universe, formation of galaxies, the interplay between matter and anti-matter, and cosmic radiation. The music video features Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Tara Shears, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Videos sampled for this instalment include Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking; God, the Universe, and Everything Else; The Universe (History Channel); NOVA ScienceNOW; interviews with Richard Dawkins and Tara Shears, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.


The principal design for the motion graphic at the end was designed by Joe Snodgrass. Check out his record label: Thanks to him!


Check out for more science music videos. You can find links to all the sources used in this video at the website under “additional info” for each one.






We observe that distant galaxies are moving away from us

They must have been closer together in the past

It was the beginning of the universe

And of time itself

Anything that happened before the big bang

Could not affect what happened after


The poetry of the expanding universe

The poetry of the complexity of life

We’re not normally equipped to understand

And science gives it to us

Science is opening your eyes

To the wonderfulness of what’s there

Science is opening your eyes

To the poetry of the expanding universe


The early cosmos was everywhere white hot

But then as time passed

The radiation expanded and cooled

Then little pockets of gas began to grow

Steadily brightening, we call them the galaxies


In the big bang we had equal amounts of matter and anti-matter

And as soon as they met each other,

They annihilated together

And this battle played out

Whilst the universe expanded

In its first minute of existence

[DeGrasse Tyson]

It’s not all that hard to detect the big bang

All you need to do is change the channel

Until you come between two stations

About one percent of the snow and noise

Comes from the big bang itself

We’re all eavesdropping

On the birth pangs of the cosmos

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