Voyage through the Universe

Nicely done video giving a quick tour of the Universe, with clips taken mostly from the National Geographic documentary ‘Journey to the Edge of the Universe’. My personal favourite is the scene where the ‘camera’ flies directly into the jet of a quasar. Can you identify all the objects shown?

The Creation Question

Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.

It’s About Time…

I’ve been wondering why no one bothered making a video demonstrating the science drivers for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – and it’s about time someone did one. And someone has! Thanks to the people at the Swinburne Astrophysics and Supercomputing group, we now have a complementary science video to accompany the awe-inspiring SKA video.

Paths from Science towards God 5: A World in Process 1

Science provides us with a compelling history of life on Earth as well as its origins, by piecing together clues from paleontology, genetics, and other biological sciences, and glueing them all together through Darwin’s theory of natural selection. On the other hand, modern physics and cosmology take us on a 13.7 billion year journey into… Read More Paths from Science towards God 5: A World in Process 1

Reflections in Cosmology 21: Eschatology and the Death of the Universe

In comparison with its beginning, the end of the Universe has proven to be a much more challenging prospect for the task of reconciling science and theology. Science paints a very bleak picture of our universe – either it will cease to expand and collapse into another singularity (highly unlikely now, with the discovery of… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 21: Eschatology and the Death of the Universe

Reflections in Cosmology 20: Cosmogeny and the Birth of the Universe

Cosmogeny (as opposed to Cosmogony in the previous post) is the study of the birth or creation of the universe, and has long been accepted as a domain of philosophy, mythology and theology. Nowadays however, scientific enquiry intrudes upon this once sacred turf, and may even have something to contribute. The universe is a unified… Read More Reflections in Cosmology 20: Cosmogeny and the Birth of the Universe