Everything and Nothing

The pictures of the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation have been fascinating me since looking deeper into the relative spatial distribution of residue contacts in proteins and complexes.  Now here is a beautifully produced documentary by the BBC that takes you to the edge of the universe and everyting else we know about – well – mostly nothing :

Everything …

& Nothing

Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are – what is everything, and what is nothing?

In two epic, surreal and mind-expanding films, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness.

The second part, Nothing, explores science at the very limits of human perception, where we now understand the deepest mysteries of the universe lie. Jim sets out to answer one very simple question – what is nothing? His journey ends with perhaps the most profound insight about reality that humanity has ever made. Everything came from nothing. The quantum world of the super-small shaped the vast universe we inhabit today, and Jim can prove it.

found via wordpress:science and the Heretic’s Haven.

On YouTube there is a lot more great contributions on related topics, explaining modern physics in an accessible way, one that I like is this one with Brian Greene: The Search For Hidden Dimensions

found via RichardDawkins.net

In the movie you have the animation of the example-ant traversing a Klein-bottle – see also the our previous post “Beginner’s guide to the universe“.

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2011/06/22 - 11:38

    Also to mention in this context: David Murawskis visualisation along an original recording of Albert Einsteins own words on the equivalence of mass and energy : http://davidmurawsky.com/in-his-own-words

  2. #2 by M.Lappe on 2013/12/30 - 18:15

    A 12 inch inflatable globe (beach ball) can be used as a model of the observable universe:
    Single copies of this specially prepared inflatable ball (and explanation card) can be obtained for education purposes from a NASA’s Imagine the Universe Teachers’ Corner.

  3. #3 by cistronic on 2014/09/11 - 09:28

    A Stunning New Map Reveals For The First Time Where Our Galaxy Fits Into The Universe

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