A Cosmic Video Miniseries to Ponder Gravity, the Universe and Everything

Earthly matters got you worried? Here is a chance to elevate your mind above the terrestrial din with three cosmic concerns

Believe of it as your cosmic treatment session for our on-edge times.

In our new three-part video miniseries, Scientific American contributors Jared Kaplan and Emily V. Driscoll consider these weighty existential problems with you through the lens of wonderfully rendered explanatory animations produced by artist Lottie Kingslake..

How did the big bang shape the structure of deep space? What would occur to truth if we fine-tuned the basic forces? Why is gravity simply so weird?

Emily V. Driscoll Emily V. Driscoll is a science documentary producer in New York.
Jared Kaplan Jared Kaplan is an associate teacher in the department of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University.

Part I: What if the laws of physics were different?

In this video, How the Big Bang Governs the Texture of Our Universe, we explore the principle of cosmic inhomogeneities– using zebras as an analogy for clumps of matter spread throughout deep space.

In the video Did the Universe Have to Be the Way That It Is? we analyze what our universe– and more particularly, our lives– may appear like with some tweaks to the physics responsible for the world as we understand it.

Part II: How did the universe get its texture?.

Part III: Why is gravity various?

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In our video Why Is Gravity Different? we check out why this force is so bewildering and why it remains difficult to understand how Einsteins basic theory of relativity (which covers gravity) fits together with quantum mechanics.

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