For our universe, galaxies and life to exist, the values of 25+ fundamental constants (force of gravity, mass of election/proton...) from physics and cosmology must have specific values. In many cases, small deviations from their exact values produces a universe without galaxies or life. These fundamental constants appear amazingly fine-tuned for the existence of our universe. There is no theory to calculate their values; they are what they are. To better understand the phenomena of fine-tuning, an interactive “machine” was built to help users learn about and simulate the tuning-in of six constants.
This demo is developed and led by Al Kovalick. Al will explain the wonders of fine-tuning using illustrations and examples from nature. Next, the approaches, structures and development of the machine/website are covered. It concludes with an interactive demo of the web-based machine.
Tuesday, July 23 at 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Parnassus Library, Makers Lab, Main Floor
530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0840