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Lecture 24 - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything

Lecture 24 - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything

This video was recorded at ASTR 160 - Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics. 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. Reading assignment: Section Activity 3: Cosmology Game [PDF] Resources Class Notes - Lecture 24 [PDF] Final Exam Preparation Handout [PDF]

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