Ask Ethan: What Does The Edge Of The Universe Look Like? (Synopsis)

“The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” -Hunter S. Thompson When we look at the nearby Universe, it looks a lot like we, ourselves, appear. Nearby galaxies are similar in structure to our own; the … Read moreAsk Ethan: What Does The Edge Of The Universe Look Like? (Synopsis)

The Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small (Synopsis)

“Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein There are a great many events that occurred to give rise to the world, the Universe, and you. Everything from the Big Bang to the existence of the laws of physics to the cosmic … Read moreThe Odds Of Your Unlikely Existence Were Not Infinitely Small (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: How far is the edge of the Universe from the farthest galaxy? (Synopsis)

“Despite its name, the big bang theory is not really a theory of a bang at all. It is really only a theory of the aftermath of a bang.” -Alan Guth When we look to the deepest reaches of space, we can look for the “first” of any type of object. The first galaxy, the first … Read moreAsk Ethan: How far is the edge of the Universe from the farthest galaxy? (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: What was the entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang? (Synopsis)

“Entropy shakes its angry fist at you for being clever enough to organize the world.” -Brandon Sanderson The universe was born hot, dense, expanding, full of matter, antimatter and radiation… and in a low-entropy state. If entropy is a measure of disorder, though, that sure does sound like an awfully high-entropy state, not a low-entropy … Read moreAsk Ethan: What was the entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang? (Synopsis)

How big was the Universe at the moment of its creation? (Synopsis)

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” -Carl Jung 13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it came into existence. Today, the part we can observe is 46 billion light years … Read moreHow big was the Universe at the moment of its creation? (Synopsis)

What is the Universe’s third most common element? (Synopsis)

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.” -Dmitri Mendeleev When the Universe … Read moreWhat is the Universe’s third most common element? (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Is there a center of the Universe? (Synopsis)

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” -Kurt Vonnegut We all know how explosions work: a tremendous release of energy causes a rapid outward expansion, and the most energetic particles … Read moreAsk Ethan: Is there a center of the Universe? (Synopsis)

Why Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe (Synopsis)

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” -Nicolaus Copernicus As we peel back the layers of information deeper and deeper into the Universe’s history, we uncover progressively more knowledge about how everything we know today came to … Read moreWhy Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe (Synopsis)