Artist and writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations. He asks top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science, talks to Stephen Hawking about his equation for black holes and comes face to face with a particle of anti-matter.
Along the way he discovers why Newton was right about those falling apples and how to make sense of E=mc2. As he gets to grips with these equations he wonders whether the concept of artistic beauty has any relevance to the world of physics.
Here Collings talks to Stephen Hawking who explains Bekenstein-Hawking equation:
On Wednesday, “Fearless Felix” took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph.
Could our universe’s collection of stars, galaxies, and black holes follow the same rules of existence as biological life? The cosmos itself may be a superorganism, a collection of separate bodies that act like a single being — just like ants in a colony. Full episode here
The Library of Congress announced that, thanks to MacFarlane’s generosity, it has acquired the personal papers of the late scientist and astronomer, who spoke to mass audiences about the mysteries of the universe and the origins of life. While MacFarlane never owned Sagan’s papers, he covered the undisclosed costs of donating them to the library.
TIME: So you did it. Almost 50 years after the Higgs was first theorized, you found it. How does that feel?
Gianotti: First of all, we are happy. To me personally this event is an arrival point and departure point. It’s an arrival point because it’s been the dream of all of us. But there’s more. It brings more physics beyond the standard model. Among the questions we have in mind: dark matter, antimatter and matter symmetry. It’s a very nice reward for the work.
Heuer: It does open as many questions as it answers. You always find an answer but this answer usually gets you to more questions.
Gianotti: provided you know the right question to ask.
Incandela: If you look at all the particles we’ve discovered before, they’re either matter particles or copies of them. But the Higgs involves what makes up the universe. I give lectures to the public and say what we’re searching for is the genetic code of the universe.