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Science as love for nature, the universe and the world that surrounds us!

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Carl Sagan 1980

At EurOpinion we think that knowing and being aware of how nature, the universe and the world that surrounds us work is an enrichment a person's life. This knowledge increases appreciation and love for this nature, this world, this universe and, indeed, this life. To some degree it's comparable to the love for music or other art forms.

We are convinced that spreading this knowledge (in a nice, easy, visual way) contributes to a better Europe. In one way or another, it broadens one's perspective and increases the understanding and awareness that everything in nature in its essence is related ... connected.

 

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The Fibonacci sequence

PLAY VIDEO ►►► The Fibonacci sequence

Fibonacci is the name of an Italian mathematician who in the year 1202 introduced a very special number sequence in Europe that had been known in India for centuries.

The rule of this sequence is so simple that even children can understand or even 'invent' it. Starting with 0 and 1, each next number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ... and so on to infinity.

It is a series of numbers very simple, but very much used in nature. For example: almost always the number of petals of a flower are a number of this series and for the same reason we have five fingers on hands and feet. In addition to plants and animals, it is also found in large geological and astronomical structures (perhaps not in the numbers themselves, but by the spiral that derives from them). Despite (or perhaps thanks to) the simplicity of this mathematical sequence, it is a fundamental rule of everything that exists and can even describe very complex phenomena.

 

The simplest way to visualize this sequence, is to draw it on a paper with squares on it.

From there comes, on one hand, what is considered the most beautiful rectangle, for the proportion between width and height called  the Golden Ratio, and on the other hand a very special spiral that can be found many times in nature, from sea shells and storms to galaxies.

 

 


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Quantum theory - entanglement

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Quantum entanglement

Quantum physics stands at the base of all existence. It implies matter, space, energy and possibly vibration and maybe even time and reality. Until some hundred years ago life was simple and all matter was supposed to be build out of atoms. They were thought to be the smallest undividable parts of matter as if they were tiny marbles.

Now (since the beginning of the 20th century) the atom itself is known to consist of quarks. And quarks at their turn might consist of even smaller and more weird stuff called strings, which would be no more than just a kind of vibrational substance that might present itself as matter or energy or even "nothing". At these tiny levels normal, intuitive and understandable (Newtonian) laws of physics do not apply anymore. Everything at this level is 'weird', a mistery and frequently incomprehensible.

Some of these weird characteristics of subatomic particles:

  • they can be at two or more places at the same time
  • they can go through solid objects
  • they can, seemingly, go backwards in time and change the past
  • they react to conscious observation
  • they can be linked and "communicate" instantly over any distance (entanglement)

All these caracteristics were first theorized through mathematical equations and then confirmed over and over again in scientific experiments.

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