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Design of the Universe

November 24th, 2008

I watched a TED video recently by George Smoot entitled “The design of the universe”.  Smoot is an astrophysicist who gave a talk about the overall structure of the expanding universe with special attention paid to the interplay of dark matter and the visible matter that we observe today.  He had a number of interesting visualizations especially one that let you see the distribution of dark matter throughout the universe (simulation of course).  What struck me was the overall amount of dark matter vs. visible matter, and more interestingly the lattice structure of the dark matter.  It was interesting to see that something on a macro scale that is beyond my imagination looks almost identical to a microscopic scale (fractals ahoy!)  The video is about 18 mins long and well worth it.

Link: The design of the universe – George Smoot

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