In the beginning there was an empty darkness, a formless void of emptiness known as chaos. The only thing emerging from that darkness was Nyx (night), a bird with black wings. With the wind she laid a golden egg and for ages she sat upon this egg. Finally life began to stir in the egg and out of it rose Eros, the god of love. One half of the shell rose into the air and became the sky and the other became the Earth. Eros named the sky Uranus and the Earth he named Gaia. Then Eros made them fall in love.

    This is one version of the Greek creation myth. It considers that we started from “nothing” and evolved fairly rapidly towards the environment which we experience today.Current cosmological models maintain that 13.8 billion years ago, the entire mass of the universe was compressed into a gravitational singularity, the so-called cosmic egg, from which it expanded to its current state (following the Big Bang).

    “Earth is ancient now, but all knowledge is stored up in her. She keeps a record of everything that has happened since time began. Of time before time, she says little, and in a language that no one has yet understood. Through time, her secret codes have gradually been broken. Her mud and lava is a message from the past.

    Of time to come, she says much, but who listens?”

    ― Jeanette Winterson, Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles