Why I Have no Favorite Color

Let me ask you a question. What’s your favorite song? That makes sense, right? Now if I were to pick a song or a composition, let’s say Für Elise by Beethoven, and ask you what your favourite note is from the entire composition… would that make sense? Of course not. An individual note, considered separately, has no beauty at all. It is the unique combination of different musical notes that has the beauty, not the notes themselves. If it was otherwise so, all musicians and singers would be out of business as people would enjoy random programmed beeps on a computer as much as the Bohemian Rhapsody.

Visible spectrum

Now what is a musical note? It is just a vibration in the air generated at a specific frequency. Different notes have different frequencies. Notes with a higher ‘pitch’ have a higher frequency and vice versa. Now what are colors? They’re just vibrating electromagnetic fields at different frequencies. Now let’s repeat the reasoning. I’ll take an image, let’s say a picture of the “Mystic Mountain” in the Carina Nebula.

Now tell me, what’s your favorite color in that image? That doesn’t make sense right? It’s not the individual colors that are beautiful, it’s their combination. The reason I picked the Carina Nebula is because, in my opinion, the electromagnetic compositions of nature are intricate and profound to a level beyond human imagination, far superior to the musical compositions of humanity. In many ways, studying Physics is just like listening to a symphony. The only difference being that the compositions of nature are far more beautiful than those of Bach and Beethoven.


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