Do we live in a complicated computer?
Are we now in The Matrix ?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is about everything. Life, the Universe, everything.
If you’ve read these amazing books, you know the answer is 42, but what’s the question?
To find out what the question was, they built a giant computer we call Earth. And though it seems silly, perhaps Douglas Adams was correct, and that not just earth, but the WHOLE UNIVERSE is an incredibility complex computational system, processing the answer to some unknown question. The universe IS made up of information, similar to a computer, and physics (you know, the basis of the universe) certainly is based on computational principles.
But is it running some grand program? Will the answer be 42? Make sure you have your towel, and watch the episode!
This is an interesting video from TedEd about particle physics and about the Higgs boson.
In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson.
The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN scientists Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb explain the exciting implications of the Higgs boson.
This is an interesting post about what is quantum mechanics, after so many years after discovering it.
Even the professional understanding of quantum mechanics is “embarrassing”, says cosmologist Sean Carroll.
Read Sean’s blog on this subject at http://bit.ly/V1SUpV and the full paper at http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.1069
This is an interesting post about the possible future of space travel and the overview effect.
Will Space travel change our perspective on the human condition?
Space, also known as The Final Frontier, has been in our collective dreams and fantasies for decades. Who WOULDN’T want to blast into space, experience zero gravity, or walk on the moon?! But with limited funding to NASA, the day that had been promised to us for years (in addition to flying cars and hover boards), seems no closer now than it did 30 years ago. BUT WAIT! Could private research and funding be the future of galactic exploration? And maybe once we are all able to see the earth from a distance, we’ll all gain some much needed perspective. So keep on truckin’ Elon Musk, for humanity’s sake.
The overview effect, as defined by wikipedia :
The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. Third-hand observers of these individuals may also report a noticeable difference in attitude.
In this video from TedEd we get more information about the dark matter.
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can’t be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
What is the purpose of the Universe?
This is the question that minutephysics is trying to answer in this short video (from physics point of view).
Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by the Templeton Foundation to answer the question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose”. Then he read his answer aloud and I drew some pictures for it.