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Whether we’re zooming in to the wavelength of a gamma ray or zooming out to the size of a galaxy, it can be difficult to wrap our heads around the big numbers we’re measuring—like nanometers (10-9meters) or gigameters (109). Take a look at these efforts to represent big numbers. What are the strengths of each? How would you represent a large number (like a gigameter)? Cary Huang: The Scale of the Universe 2
PBS NOVA: A Sense of Scale: String Theory
TED: Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats
More than 2,400 years ago, the Greek philosopher Democritus began thinking about how many times matter could be divided. He proposed that there were, in fact, tiny, indivisible pieces of matter that he called “atomos,” meaning “not to be cut.” This idea languished for about 2,000 years until scientists in the 19th and 20thcenturies gathered empirical evidence to support and refine it.
Research the history of atomic theory. What idea(s) prevailed during the two millennia between Democritus and the early 19thcentury scientist John Dalton? What knowledge did Dalton contribute, and how? When did we first have an inkling that there might be matter in unitseven smaller thanan atom, and how did scientists go about proving it?
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: The Particle Adventure
PBS NOVA scienceNOW: Picturing Atoms
TED: Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything
TED: Brian Cox on CERN’s supercollider
Jon Bergmann: Flipped Learning
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