Tuesday, 7 June 2005

A Pot Pourri

Cooking combines the art and science of programming, along with sensuous pleasure.

Too bad I'm on a diet. Oh well, when I get off it, I'll try some of the recipes over at Chef's Secrets.

From Orange Quark :
The BBC is carrying a nice little story about the "Millenium Run", a supercomputer simulation of cosmological structure formation, in which the dynamics of 10 billion dark matter particles were tracked over 13 billion years of cosmological evolution. Numerical simulations are a crucial part of modern cosmology, allowing us (where by "us" I mean people like me, but who know how to write huge, complicated N-body codes) to understand how well-defined interaction rules between dark matter particles, acting in an expanding cosmos, lead to the wonderfully rich, complex, and structured universe we see today.
Carlos Frenk, who is one of the world's leaders in this area, is quoted in the BBC story, saying
"We have learned more about the Universe in the last 10 or 20 years than in the whole of human civilisation"
This is a big bold claim, but I think it is entirely fair. The tremendous progress in cosmology in the last couple of decades has given us a coherent picture of the universe; more detailed than many cosmologists had thought would ever be possible. This data is going to continue to flood in over the next few decades, further focusing attention on the fascinating question of how the observed cosmos connects to our theories of fundamental physics. It's a daunting task, but oh so much fun to be faced with.
And for every Quark, there's an Antiquark, a blog so good I'm adding it to my blogroll forthwith.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

mind-blowing! I am amazed at how scientific advance no longer relies upon the punctuated equilibrium of a celebrity genius (like einstein, darwin, etc), but rather proceeds from the collective hive brain of scientists, researchers, theorists, and computers.
very cool.