"Lec last - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything" Frontiers/Controversies in Astrophysics (ASTR 160) Professor Bailyn begins the class with a discussion of a recent New York Times article about the discovery of a new, earth-like planet. He then discusses concepts such as epicycles, dark energy and dark matter; imaginary ideas invented to explain 96% of the universe. The Anthropic Principle is introduced and the possibility of the multiverse is addressed. Finally, biological arguments are put forth for how complexity occurs on a cosmological scale. The lecture and course conclude with a discussion on the fine differences between science and philosophy. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Calculations for an Earth-Like Planet 08:23 - Chapter 2. Cosmology: The Game -- Working with Imaginary Ideas 29:39 - Chapter 3. The Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse 42:00 - Chapter 4. The Fine Line between Science and Philosophy Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2007.
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Tags: Anthropic Principle carbon clustering cosmic horizon Microwave Background dark energy matter earthlike planet epicycle fine structure constant helium Lee Smolin Modified Newtonian Dynamics MOND multiverse New York Times Schwarzschild radius string theory Strong
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