Edgar Allan Poe, Part-Time Cosmologist & Big-Bang Philosoper – Facts So Romantic

A daguerrotype of Poe made several months before his death in 1849 During the waning months of 1847, Edgar Allan Poe sat at his desk with a tortoiseshell cat draped around his shoulders and dreamed the universe into being.

Poe believed the book he wrote in that feline-festooned state to be his best work, and he expected its impact to resonate through the ages. It did not. The book, Eureka: A Prose Poem, was largely ignored at the time, and has been dismissed by most Poe scholars as the ramblings of an armchair cosmologist. Yet in that book, Poe presented a spookily intuitive description of the Big Bang theory more than 70 years before astrophysicists came up with the idea.  

At the time, Poe lived in the rural village of Fordham (now part of the Bronx) in a small cottage suffused with a miasma of melancholy. His beloved wife, Virginia, whom he had taken as a child bride when she was just 13, had died in that cottage earlier in the year, leaving Poe in despair. With life and death heavy on his mind, he turned his thoughts to the origin of the universe—and to its ultimate fate.

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