Pizza physics (New York-style) - Colm Kelleher
- 505,721 Views
- 2,516 Questions Answered
- TEDEd Animation
Nobody knows whether this sheet is flat, curved in on itself like a sphere, or curved away from itself like a potato chip. The answer to this question will determine whether the universe will go on forever or whether it will end at some point in the distant future.
The shape of the universe is probably one of the most interesting open questions in science, and it involves spooky-sounding stuff such as dark matter and dark energy. Read here about human attempts to measure the shape of the universe: http://www.mathaware.org/mam/05/shape.of.universe.html
As well being important for very big things like the universe, the math of curved surfaces also works on very small scales. For example, a 2D crystal lattice, when grown on a curved surface, produces interesting and beautiful patterns that wouldn’t be possible see if the crystal were grown flat. http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2010/12/23/physicists-grow-pleats-two-dimensional-curved-spaces
Check out this shout out from Vsauce: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZRRxQcaEjA5fgfW3a3Q0rzm6NgbmICtg
Create and share a new lesson based on this one.