Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Entire Universe on Your Finger

By on Sunday, January 10, 2010 8 Comments

See this ring? It's simply made, highly polished and appears to be almost perfect but for one small speck of dust or a flaw in the metal. Look carefully and you will see what I mean.

When magnified, this speck is not an imperfection at all but a model of the known universe cleverly inserted into the ring itself.

The Universe Ring was inspired by the writings of the great British physicist, Stephen Hawking and loosely based on the anthropic principle.  The design team to22  likes to put "our daily pursuits into perspective and reminds us that we are always a part of something bigger."

You can see it looks like NASA's diagram of the model of the origin and expansion of spacetime and all that it contains.

Don't know anything about dark energy, spacetime, quantum fluctuations and the big bang theory? You're in good company. I don't either but the ring is cool even if you cannot see the model with the naked eye.

The world's most complete and up to date four-dimensional map of the known universe, the Digital Universe Atlas is shown in this amazing video.  The atlas is maintained by the astrophysicists from the American Museum of Natural History. The film was made for an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, currently on at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through to May 2010.

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  1. I do agree the ring is shiny anything and I can see the little spot on the top right hand side!!!
    It is amazing what some people come up with...

  2. I think the ring is WAY cool, thanks for writing about it. I was interested in what quantum physics was all about but I couldn't make head nor tail of all the dry books on it then I found "Alice in Quantumland"....someone realised there were simple but curious people like me out there.

  3. Thanks for the book recommendation Mikki. I checked it out and it sounds worth a read for curious non- physicists.

  4. That's just awesome.....and so unique. Can it be bought anywhere?

  5. very cool! maybe someone needs to tell Willard Wigan to start making jewelry!

  6. You'll have to contact the designers to find out if it can be bought anywhere.

    Yes, Willard Wigan should consider making jewelry judging from the interest to this post!

  7. I see the spot too! Although I prefer a little more "something" to my rings. Simple is nice but it can be boring.

  8. The big bang timeline image you selected is much prettier :D I'm still loving this design, although I've seen a few comments surface around the Web about the feasibility of actually creating such a ring.

    Cool site! Will have to drop by again.