'Knowledges'| Mount Wilson Observatory

Dramatic road trip - chased by Hells Angels up the windy road to Mt Wilson Obesrvatory.

 

 

 

Inside the 100' Hooker telescope at MT Wilson Observatory for a live music and dance performance | Scott Benzel for 'Knowledges'

Inside the 100' Hooker telescope at MT Wilson Observatory for a live music and dance performance | Scott Benzel for 'Knowledges'

Making Space at Mount Wilson: An Exploration of Concepts of Space in Mathematics and Cosmology Seminar and Workshopby Margaret Wertheim. What does it mean to say something has 2 dimensions, or 3? Einstein’s general theory of relativity describes our universe as having 4 dimensions, while string theory says we live in a 10 or 11-dimensional space. In modern mathematics and cosmology “space” is a foundational concept, but what do scientists mean by this term? And what are the “dimensions” they speak about here? At Mount Wilson, Hubble discovered that space is expanding, and around black holes space stretches. How can we understand such statements? In this two-part event, science writer and artist Margaret Wertheim will lead a seminar about the history of scientific and mathematical concepts of space, followed by a participatory workshop where participants will explore non-Euclidean geometry by constructing paper models of hyperbolic space.

Making Space at Mount Wilson: An Exploration of Concepts of Space in Mathematics and Cosmology
Seminar and Workshopby Margaret Wertheim.

What does it mean to say something has 2 dimensions, or 3? Einstein’s general theory of relativity describes our universe as having 4 dimensions, while string theory says we live in a 10 or 11-dimensional space. In modern mathematics and cosmology “space” is a foundational concept, but what do scientists mean by this term? And what are the “dimensions” they speak about here? At Mount Wilson, Hubble discovered that space is expanding, and around black holes space stretches. How can we understand such statements? In this two-part event, science writer and artist Margaret Wertheim will lead a seminar about the history of scientific and mathematical concepts of space, followed by a participatory workshop where participants will explore non-Euclidean geometry by constructing paper models of hyperbolic space.

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