The History and Future of the Universe in Four Minutes

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Physicist Brian Green promises he will tell the audience at TED 2014 the whole history of the universe in four minutes. “Forgive me,” he says, “if I leave out a detail here or there.”

He does it with two metaphors. One from the beginning till now, and another from now till the end.


Brian Greene. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

The universe today is 13.8 billion years old, and it can be very hard to get our minds around that number. So Greene uses a metaphor pioneered by Carl Sagan. Imagine that we’re part of a single calendar year. All of cosmic history compressed into a single calendar year. On this calendar:

  • May 12, the Milky Way is formed.
  • Sept 2nd, the Earth is formed.
  • 11:40pm New Year’s Eve, Humans evolve.
  • 11:44pm, we domesticate fire.
  • 11:58pm the first cave paintings are made.
  • 11:59:49pm writing is developed, so all of recorded history takes place…

View original 347 more words

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

RGS Computing

Reigate Grammar School Computing Department

Keith Gutierrez

Certified Inbound Marketing Professional, Inventor, and Entrepreneur

Aileen Cole

Just another site

Mobile News Authority

Mobile, Technology, Smartphone, QR Code, NFC and more!

Sheri's Blog

"Money isn't everything--as long as you have enough of it."

Entry level

Sharing my experiences in PR, one post at a time.


Just another

Andrea Turno

All photos © Andrea Turno - All images on this blog are copyright of Andrea Turno and cannot be copied, downloaded or used without permission.

The Junkyard

Sorting through the junk so you don't have to.

Andrew West's Information Technology Blog

Cutting-edge Technology updates, Innovation, IT Professional Development, Industry Trends

It Has Come To This...

Thomas N. Ellsworth - CEO, Entrepreneur, Executive Mentor & Author

Health Communications and Health Advocacy

With deep understanding, health communicators can engage and inspire change, whether in individuals or in society as a whole.

I Know You Know

About SaaS, Entrepreneurs & Growth

The Accidental Cajun

The Adventures of a Northern Boy with a Bayou Bent

Jeff Robinson - Contrarian's Mind

There Is No Secret - It's All About Hard Work! Book, December 2013


Photography by Abhimanyu Bose

Professional Development

Connect with Continuing Education and find out how you can advance your career.

The Baochi Banter

A Blog By Baochi Nguyen

Trueheart Writes

TrueheartSpeaks now WRITES...


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: