Archive for June, 2009

Firstly, a thank you to Berian for graciously allowing me to post here.  Secondly, an apology: this first post is a shocking six months late.  This was going to be an exclusive scoop for an exciting, current science item that was making waves in the blogosphere, and sparking passionate responses of every shape and hue.  Instead, this post comes to you after the fact, a retrospective look at research that made the headlines…


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More videos from talks at the Institute of Astronomy’s open nights. This talk deals with the so-called fine-tuning of the universe. Here’s the youtube blurb:

Let’s make a new universe. Let’s make it slightly different from the one that we are familiar with. We could change the laws of nature, just a little bit. We could change how the universe begins, or make it four-dimensional. In the last 30 years, scientists have discovered something astounding: the vast majority of these changes are disastrous. We end up with a universe containing no galaxies, no stars, no planets, no atoms, no molecules, and most importantly, no intelligent life-forms wondering what went wrong. This fact is called the fine-tuning of the universe for life.

Parts 2-5 of the talk can be found by going to the youtube page.


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I gave a talk on the topic: Getting your brain around the universe, which I have previously blogged about.

I’ve finally managed to get the video up on YouTube, minus the bugs.


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