Cosmic coincidence?

Am I the only person to have noticed a remarkable similarity between the map of anisotropies in the microwave background radiation revealed by the WMAP satellite and a map of our own planet? You can see them both here.

Wouldn’t it be funny if they were even more alike? What if they were exactly the same? Look how easy it would be for a coach and horses to run through our entire scientific world view. And yet they never do.

The Labyrinth of Time

Michael Lockwood’s book The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe has just appeared. I highly recommend it. It’s a wonderful overview of the physics and philosophy of time, crafted extremely carefully and engagingly (yet without compromising any content) for the lay reader, superbly produced and illustrated.

Oh, and it’s true.

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