Expo/Science & Industry/Cosmos in a Computer
COSMOS IN A COMPUTER
Witness the birth of the cosmos, watch the universe unfold,
all from your desktop.
Sounds ambitious, but cosmologists are doing just that:
developing powerful computer models that "evolve" the universe
from the Big Bang to the present.
The scientists are asking some basic but tough questions:
How did our universe come to be what it is today?
How could galaxies and galaxy clusters emerge from the inferno of creation?
What is the ultimate fate of the universe?
Will it expand forever?
Or will the cosmos eventually collapse on itself?
If you're curious to find out more, why not travel to the beginnings of time itself, back to today,
then fast forward into the future? For a sneak preview of this exhibit, take a look
at the QuickTime movie below. However, the movie is
rather large (14.6 MB!), so be patient when downloading. It'll take a few
minutes. (Further information on downloading movies can be obtained from the
and Navigation Tips.)
Have a great trip!
Back to the Beginning
QuickTime (14.6 MB);
MPEG (7.1 MB);
Sound (3.2 MB);
Credits and Acknowledgments
The movie script itself contains links that will
take you into this exhibit. Or choose from the menu below. Remember,
there's a hierarchical map
of all the main documents that will help you navigate.
How did the universe begin? How did it come to be in its present state?
What can the universe's present structure tell us about its evolution and ultimate fate?
Why are computers essential to understanding the universe? What does it take to compute the cosmos?
Scientific animations...lots of them.
Summing up. Speculations on tomorrow's cosmologies.
Books, papers and articles.
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