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Poetry and Philosophy Recommendations

I'm looking for collection of poems, or non-fiction, or philosophy books about stars, universe, astronomy. The more literary, the better, but not fiction. [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Mar 17, 2016 - 16 answers

Best beginner-level books about a) the universe and b) evolution?

My mother was asking me a bunch of questions about life and the universe the other day - how life got started, how organic molecules first developed, how the universe got started, how big the universe is, how stars form, where elements come from, how many solar systems there are, how planets form, etc. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Spontaneous creation out of nothing

I have a physics question, but my googling hasn't been able to provide anything satisfactory tonight. It's about cosmological models of creation in which NO initial conditions whatsoever are assumed. [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Oh hey, it's that guy!

I'm always delighted when reading to discover that an author has subtly written their books into the same quasi-real-life universe. Help me find more examples! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 17, 2015 - 71 answers

A still more glorious dawn awaits - or does it?

Tricky query to formulate so bear with me... I'm curious to what extent that astrophotography images represent the form of their subject matter, and whether the chorus to this song could ever actually happen. More inside.... [more inside]
posted by 5imon on Jan 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Where does 'verse originate?

Where does the elision of universe to 'verse 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 - 12 answers

Big Bang for the Young

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 - 7 answers

Same as it ever was?

Is the speed of light constant on the timescale of the universe? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Mar 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Where can I go to see coins being made?

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 - 5 answers

Occupation: Writing love letters to the universe.

Where can I buy this poster online? [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jan 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Pack the zombies onto a spaceship and headout

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 - 10 answers

With whom are we sharing the rest of eternity?

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 - 12 answers

To infinity and beyond

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 - 13 answers

How to create a galaxy?

How do I create the dark gas of a galaxy within Maya? [more inside]
posted by supyo on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Could it always have looked 13.7 billion years old?

Why does the observed fact that the universe is expanding necessarily imply a Big Bang? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Aug 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Schrodinger's Actor

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 - 12 answers

How can we see back to the beginning of the universe?

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 - 22 answers

Where can I find another universe?

Physics: In the many-worlds interpretation, "there is a very large -- perhaps infinite -- number of universes." Where are they located? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me understand colliding galaxies!

Expanding Universe Filter: Why will our galaxy collide with Andromeda in +/- 4 billion years? [more inside]
posted by jjonajason on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

The undue virtue of patience

How can I practice more patience with life? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

"We Weren't Evil!"

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 - 11 answers

"Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup" - but not for me, today sadly

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 - 30 answers

wow, life!

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 - 33 answers

Are infinite universes possible?

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 - 19 answers

What is the universe expanding into?

What is the universe expanding into? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 12, 2010 - 31 answers

Motion Sickness

How many directions am I moving in while I'm just sitting here? Any idea of how fast? [more inside]
posted by zylocomotion on Mar 16, 2009 - 10 answers

What is the name of this TV show where you zoom out to see the universe and then zoom down to the atomic level?

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 - 10 answers

Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe?

Is it possible to be bad at math and understand the structure of the universe? [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Aug 20, 2008 - 19 answers

Is the amount of matter in the universe infinite?

Is the amount of matter in the universe infinite, too? How does that work? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Aug 20, 2008 - 51 answers

What are the dimensions of the universe?

What are the dimensions of the universe? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g on Jul 11, 2008 - 47 answers

what should i do with my life / non-religious guidance needed

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 - 23 answers

Please God don't make me read.

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 - 12 answers


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 - 17 answers

Ad Astra Per Aspera!

Seeking recommendations for some great space exploration/simulation games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 20, 2007 - 10 answers

The Internet has too many pages...

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 - 6 answers

Email to the Universe

Where can I send an email to the Universe? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Mar 27, 2007 - 21 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"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 - 14 answers

QuoteFilter: universe & man

QuoteFilter: about the universe and thought. [more inside]
posted by provolot on Dec 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Is there really a Bizarro World?

What is anti-matter? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 26, 2006 - 14 answers

I fought the law

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 - 23 answers

Did Asimov get the origin of the universe right?

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 - 3 answers

Factoring 'Time' into Astronomic Observations

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 - 12 answers


Does space expanding require more nothingness inbetween? [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Why consciousness??

Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 25, 2006 - 39 answers

Help me print out the universe

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 - 27 answers

Wall Chart with history of universe and Earth

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 - 4 answers

Is the universe finite?

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 - 20 answers

End of the Universe

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 - 10 answers

Big Bang

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 - 13 answers


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 - 13 answers

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