Category: Science Video
It is literally impossible to overstate how much I love the experiment in this video. It’s so simple and yet shows so magnificently the existence of things almost impossible to believe. It’s beautiful in every way.
The point of the episode the experiment is conducted for is to explain the evolution of life, one of the mechanisms for mutation to be precise. Brilliant in it’s simplicity.
The religious often ask what an atheist has to live for (as if pretending to know something you do not is a reason to live) since we “believe in nothing”. I can honestly say that seeing an experiment like this, understanding what it means, seeing the results – you can freaking see cosmic rays for god’s sake! – is my religious experience. It’s learning things like this, about the world, that is my religious experience. Acquiring knowledge about the world, the universe we exist in, that is my reason to live. It makes me happy.
You could almost say that this phrase errs on the side of being true:
The universe is my god, science is my religion and Carl Sagan is my personal Jesus fucking Christ.
Or Brian Cox as it were.
Blam! FEEL THE AWESOME!
I watched this video last night and as surprising as it may be, I love it. It’s unlikely to be everybody’s cup of tea but there is something fundamentally awesome about the brilliance and effort that went into solving the famous Fermat’s Last Theorem.
In number theory, Fermat’s Last Theorem (sometimes called Fermat’s conjecture, especially in older texts) states that no three positive integers a, b, and c can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any integer value of n greater than two.
On the surface it’s a pretty straightforward proposition… I’ll let Simon Singh tell the story of Andrew Wiles and Fermat’s Last Theorem:
Not every person has the opportunity to have such a seminal moment in their career. To be fair, it took years and years of effort, brilliance, insight and work for that seminal moment to occur for Andrew Wiles.
I try to imagine what it must be like to arrive at the proof, to know that you are the only person in hundreds of years – possibly ever – to know what you know. I try to imagine what it would be like to know that nothing you do for the rest of your life will compare to the perfection you had just accomplished.
It makes me a little sad that I do not and most likely will never understand most of what the video talks about.
Congratulations Andrew Wiles. I stand in awe.
Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf’s focus is on string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics, bringing them together in an accessible way, looking at sciences, the arts and other matters.
Blam! Feel the science awesome!
Check out the other tres awesome video’s at the Gresham College channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/GreshamCollege?feature=watch
If you haven’t heard of these psychological studies before you might be surprised at the results. Of course, empirical evidence, scientific rigour, peer review and repeatability doesn’t mean much to religionuts (when it comes to their religion…) so it’s unlikely to convince a True Believer that they are mistaken. The reality of human psychology is none the less fascinating.
Watch the whole 10 part series here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWjMeUu2svM&list=PL59FDC1E7AB317957
A great Sixty Symbols video on the spiral galaxy NGC 6872 recently named the ‘biggest spiral galaxy’. It features Professor Michael Merrifield from the University of Nottingham. He’s awesome, I like him a lot. I wish I had the opportunity to learn astronomy from him. That would have been most awesome.
Not much to say about that… it’s pretty freaking straightforward. Except… maybe… SCIENCE! Feel the awesome!
Bam! Feel the awesome! Science winning.
*BLAM* Feel the awesome! Richard FEYNMAN!
It’s a bit from Feynman’s quantum electrodynamics lectures at the Auckland University.