Friday, June 03, 2005

Yup! We now have a new one ...

And, that would be ... a universe, of course!

"It is the biggest thing we have ever done," said Carlos Frenk of the University of Durham, England. "It is probably the biggest thing ever in computational physics. For the first time we have a replica universe which looks just like the real one. So we can now for the first time begin to experiment with the universe.

"Unlike people who study human behaviour, who can study many humans, cosmologists have been stuck with only the one universe. Well, from today we have more than one."

Emphasis mine. The article goes on to describe the kinds of questions that researchers can now pose to this 'virtual universe'. Pretty interesting stuff.