Where does the elision of universe
originate? I know it from the television show Firefly
(aired late 2002) and recently noticed it used casually in The Chronicles of Riddick
(released mid-2004), but it seemed unlikely that the screenwriter would appropriate a bit of slang connected to someone else's failed project from barely a year earlier. It seems to me I have heard it again since, but I cannot recall where. I read very little sf these days; did both these I mention draw it from elsewhere?
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Jun 16, 2014 -
Can you recommend a book on how the universe was formed that is geared toward a 4-5 year old? Big Bang, etc, not creationism. I'm being bombarded with questions.
posted by rabidsegue
on Feb 6, 2013 -
Some guy told me that the Philadelphia Mint is undergoing renovations and repairs, and thus not doing any tours for the public. But that the Denver mint is open, and doing tours for the public. Can anyone confirm that the Denver Mint is open for tours, and the Philadelphia Mint is not? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Jan 29, 2012 -
When I was younger I spent A LOT
of time with face planted in science books with a focus on theoretical physics, space exploration and the structure of the universe. Now I am older, what books or films should I throw myself back into? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc
on Dec 13, 2011 -
If I've gotten the right impression, much of our currently visible universe will eventually be expanded away from us, never to be seen again. Do we already know how much and what parts of our present neighborhood we'll be left huddling with?
posted by Anything
on Dec 4, 2011 -
If the expanse of the universe is infinite, does it necessarily follow that the number of stars and planets is also infinite?
posted by HotPatatta
on Nov 30, 2011 -
Dead actors and alternate universes? Does anyone remember this? Folks recall reading death notices of actors, who then turn out not to be dead, and people use this as (somewhat facetiously) an indication of parallel universes? I'm thinking of Robert Duvall in the Apostle, but I'm sure that there's other canonical examples as well.
posted by leotrotsky
on Apr 12, 2011 -
How is it that I can look through a telescope and see the first few seconds of the universe, and that I can also do the same thing next week? Why hasn't that light passed us yet? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Expanding Universe Filter: Why will our galaxy collide with Andromeda in +/- 4 billion years? [more inside]
posted by jjonajason
on Jan 21, 2011 -
Is there an accepted expression or term that communicates when a corporation or capitalist venture jumps the shark
? [more inside]
posted by tapesonthefloor
on Nov 4, 2010 -
What's another word - or phrase - in any language for 'transcendent beauty', or 'the universe is as it should be, relax'? [more inside]
posted by rmm
on Jul 19, 2010 -
How can I move away from the monotony of daily life and focus on the incredible marvels of the universe? [more inside]
posted by sucre
on Jun 29, 2010 -
TheoreticalPhysicsFilter: A mathematical question (from a non-math person) about the viability of the parallel universe theory
. In short, wouldn't there be infinite parallel universes, making the whole concept impossible for humans to understand? [more inside]
posted by zardoz
on Jun 8, 2010 -
What is the name of this science TV program where you are continually zooming out farther and farther from the Earth, and then zooming in to the microscopic level in someone's skin cell, while a man narrates? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut
on Nov 10, 2008 -
I am a little out of sorts sorting out my life as it is.
Please give me some advice
on how I should go about life in my thirties. [more inside]
posted by rawwell
on Apr 26, 2008 -
So, I've seen Sagan's Cosmos
. I've seen The Universe
. I've listened to Feynman's lectures on physics. What's next? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic
on Apr 19, 2008 -
How is the universe 156 billion light years across if it is only 13.7 billion years old?
posted by plexi
on Mar 12, 2008 -
This is a total waste of my two weeks, but I have to ask! In just the past couple of days, I saw a great website that showed the comparative size of objects - from as small as an atom (or smaller) to the size of the universe. [more inside]
posted by matty
on Apr 5, 2007 -
"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Feb 18, 2007 -
Is there any evidence that physical laws have changed, or could possibly change over time? For example, has the speed of light - since the beginning of the universe - been the same, and will it always remain the same into the future? [more inside]
posted by extrabox
on May 31, 2006 -
Today's big science news story about a theoretically infinite number of big bangs
immediately triggered memories of a non-fiction book or essay by Isaac Asimov that proposed the same theory of the universe. Am I recollecting Asimov's conjecture correctly, which if I remember correctly he proposed almost as a flight of poetic fancy. Does anyone remember what book this was in?
posted by Kattullus
on May 12, 2006 -
AskMeFi Physics folk: How do astronomers account for the temporal distinctiveness of their galactic subjects in their calculations?
I understand that observations of the red shift of quasars delinates a speed increase in the expansion of the universe - yet my brain explodes when I try to understand how the enormous expanse of time
is factored into these models. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Apr 9, 2006 -
I want to make a poster out of this
massive picture (29 megs) of the center of the milky way. Whats the cheapest way to do this?
posted by pwally
on Jan 14, 2006 -
EducationalWallChart Filter. I'm looking for printable web page(s) (or, alternatively, a retail product) that show a timeline of astronomical-anthopological events like: when Big Bang occurred; when our galaxy and solar system formed; when life began; when major life forms began and ended (e.g. dinosaurs); when primates appeared; when various proto-humans appeared; when homo sapiens appeared. Must be in TimeLine form. Not something vague and basic -- needs to have lots of detail.
posted by nancoix
on Dec 29, 2005 -
Can anyone recommend any good recent articles or papers on whether the universe is infinite or finite? I've heard that scientists suspect that the universe is flat, which lends credence to the infinite-universe hypothesis. I've decided I don't know enough about this. Nothing too technical, please, though I'd prefer something more complex than an article from a newspaper science section.
posted by painquale
on Jan 12, 2005 -
End of the universe scenarios. I'm familiar with the concepts of "heat death" as well as the universe contracting unto another Big Bang. How else might the universe someday become a completely un-survivable place?
posted by scarabic
on Sep 9, 2004 -
Okay all you astronomers, I just asked this is an older MeFi thread but figured I might get a better response here.
Go back to the big bang and you start off with a single point that exploded and has kept on expanding. So when you look back in time by way of observing distant places would you not end up looking at exactly the same place (the point) no matter which direction you looked?
posted by zeoslap
on Jul 2, 2004 -
AskMe physicists: Assuming there were any, where did the entropy from previous universes go? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vraxoin
on Feb 24, 2004 -