[PD] The Party at the Center of the Universe

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Wed Nov 30 08:34:38 CET 2005

On Tue, 29 Nov 2005, Pall Thayer wrote:

> The Party at the Center of the Universe is an attempt at using data generated
> by the public to generate a spatial construct on the internet.

Is that a reference to "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" ?

If so, why?

> Hubbles law describes how every point in space sees itself as the center of
> the Universe.

I thought that it was the Special Relativity Theory (Einstein 1905)...  

What Hubble did is that he found the universe to be expanding by looking
at the black stripe patterns appearing in the rainbows produced by prisms.  
The light of far-away stars make a stripes pattern which is much the same
as those of nearby stars except that it is shifted in the direction of the
color red in the rainbow.
All along, Einstein had assumed that the universe isn't expanding, and 
while cooking up a sequel to the relativity theory, he found something he 
dubbed the "cosmological constant" which turned out to be an artifact of 
the assumption that the universe isn't expanding...!

> Due to an effect similar to the Doppler effect experienced when an
> ambulance speeds past, the Universe appears to be expanding away from
> every point in space, in all directions.

It _is_ the Doppler effect, which applies to all waves whatsoever, as long
as there's an emitter and a receiver which are moving away from each

Mathieu Bouchard - tél:+1.514.383.3801 - http://artengine.ca/matju
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