Lecture 24 - The Multiverse and Theories of Everything

author: Charles Bailyn, Department of Astronomy, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Nov. 24, 2009,   recorded: April 2007,   views: 4483
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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.

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Section Activity 3: Cosmology Game [PDF]


Class Notes - Lecture 24 [PDF]
Final Exam Preparation Handout [PDF]

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Comment1 Marnix Naber, December 31, 2009 at 12:48 a.m.:

I have enjoyed this lecture enormously and just wanted to say that the Yale Open Course Project is a great idea. I hope many other universities will follow with similar projects.

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