Skip to comments.Scale of the Universe
Posted on 02/13/2012 2:58:02 PM PST by Harlan1196
Fun and interesting interactive look at the scale of the universe.
>>The Total Perspective Votex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses.
To explain—since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation—every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.
The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife.
Trin Tragula—for that was his name—was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.
“Have some sense of proportion!” she would say, sometimes as often as thirty-eight times in a single day.
And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex—just to show her.
And into one end, he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other, he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain, but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.
— The HitchHiker’s Guide<<
And all of this from “nothing”. Just a big boom created by “nothing”.
I’ve seen this(in some form) many times, but still interesting.
First, there was nothing.
Then, it exploded.
Where’s your faith man...
Our ancestors were nothing but slimeballs but some how managed perfection from all that "nothing but slime"!!!
Thanks for the post. This is excellent.
My mind can’t even begin to comprehend the expanse of the universe. If I had one wish it would be to have a glimpse of what lies at the very end of that blackness we see at night.....assuming there is a far wall to it all.
Very cool, thanks for posting.
No - many believe that God provided that initial spark of life. I have no reason to disagree.
You mean science also has to have magic in it to explain beginnings and ends as well?
"Then, it exploded."
That is why I am SO bad at math. I always thought nothing + nothing = nothing.......0+0=0
Boy was I wrong.
Really cool, but with all of the typos (e.g., “sattelite” and “becuase”) I have to wonder about the accuracy of the substantive facts.
Man .4chan is a real murky place every virus known to man I won’t even pass by it on the internet without getting out my ten foot pole!!!!!
This is a great tool to use in school but they wouldn’t be interested their to busy pushing transgender and gay instruction, mental health services, sex education, progressive propaganda and America bashing.
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