(Galaxy Map Hints at Fractal Universe)
http://digg.com/space/Galaxy_Map_Hints_ ... l_Universe
That'll just be their little secret. I beg to differ.Is the matter in the universe arranged in a fractal pattern? A new study of nearly a million galaxies suggests it is – though there are no well-accepted theories to explain why that would be so.
Granted, I'd give them the "well-accepted" gibe, as EU / PC has been largely ignored. But it nonetheless exists and offers an alternative to dark matter, dark energy and other kludges of current theory. It also has no problem with the universe being a big ol' fractal, so far as I know.
Agreed!A lot is at stake, and the matter distribution has become a source of impassioned debate between those who say the distribution is smooth and homogeneous and those who say it is hierarchically structured and clumpy, like a fractal.
So, what does that mean then?According to their latest paper, which has been submitted to Nature Physics, Sylos Labini and Pietronero, along with physicists Nikolay Vasilyev and Yurij Baryshev of St Petersburg State University in Russia, argue that the new data shows that the galaxies exhibit an explicitly fractal pattern up to a scale of about 100 million light years.
Let me know when the laughter stops!Many cosmologists find fault with their analysis, largely because a fractal matter distribution out to such huge scales undermines the standard model of cosmology.
Seriously this should be hilarious to anyone who values science. At all. This clearly shows the absolute bias infiltrating science these days. It tantamount to saying "I disbelieve the data on the basis that it's devastating to my hypothesis!" Or rather, "if the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts" ~Albert Einstein.
Einstein set a horrible precedent with that quote. It's time to return to the science of Isaac Newton and Karl Popper.
Gasp! They might have to start using Maxwell's Equations and EM field theory!What's more, the assumption that the distribution is homogeneous has allowed cosmologists to model the universe fairly simply using Einstein's theory of general relativity – which relates the shape of space to the distribution of matter.
Modelling a fractal universe with general relativity is possible in theory, but in reality it would be devilishly complicated. That would leave cosmologists without a working model, like acrobats without a net.
Who cares about their bet over wine when the fate of the universe hangs in the balance??What's at stake if the universe is indeed a fractal on the largest scales? Besides a radical rethink of the laws and history of the cosmos?
Keep in mind the prior article noting that galaxies form like beads on a string (along plasma filaments).
(Galaxies Formed Along Filaments Like Beads on a string!)
http://digg.com/space/Galaxies_formed_a ... n_a_string
Keep in mind also that such was more-or-less expected, based upon plasma processes independently modeled on supercomputers by Los Alamos plasma physicist Anthony Peratt:
Evolution of the Plasma Universe: I. Double Radio Galaxies, Quasars, and Extragalactic Jets
Evolution of the Plasma Universe: II. The Formation of Systems of Galaxies
Of course, the fractal nature of of the universe should be apparent IF it's an electric universe. Electricity / plasma processes are scalable over many orders of magnitude and appear to be fractally self-similar.
(What are Lichtenberg Figures, and how do we create them?)
http://www.capturedlightning.com/frames ... bergs.html
(A sequence of zooms showing the self-similarity of Lichtenberg figures...)
http://www.capturedlightning.com/photos ... lfsim2.jpg