“I’d like to begin with a fantasy. According to the latest scientific findings, the universe has been in existence for around 17 billion years. If we can compress the 17 billion years into a single year so that each month equals a little over 1 billion years, we get an interesting picture.
Through the momentum of the mysterious primordial explosion, matter expanded against its own gravity and in the process began too cool. In a tiny fraction of the first second of January 1, matter comes into being: the elementary particles, and immediately after that, the simplest atomic nuclei, hydrogen and helium. Before the end of January, matter and radiation become uncoupled, and the galaxies merge.
Around the middle of August, our solar system forms from a collapsing cloud of gas and dust. Earth witnesses the arrival of the first complicated chemical, followed by biological structures. The oldest rocks on the surface go back to the middle of September.
The beginning of October marks the birth of fossil algae. In the course of two months, an enormous variety of plant and animal species begins growing in the waters.
On December 19, the plants colonize the continents. By 20 December the land masses are covered with forests, and life begins creating an oxygen-rich atmosphere. On the 22nd and 23rd fish evolve into four-footed amphibians and conquer the moist surface of the earth. They in turn evolve into the reptiles on the 24th. On the 25th the first warm-blooded creatures come into existence. Late in the evening of the 25th first mammals appear alongside the dominant saurians. On the night of the 30th, the Alps begin to fold upward.
On the night of the 31st (on the last day, in other words) humans branch off from their ancestral apes.
The Neanderthals live five minutes before midnight, and 17 seconds before midnight Jesus Christ is born. One half second before midnight the technological age commences.”