A message to the aliens, part 22/23 (cosmology)
Earlier articles:
Introduction
Common features
Page 1 (numerals)
Page 2 (arithmetic)
Page 3 (exponents)
Page 4 (algebra)
Page 5 (geometry)
Page 6 (chemistry)
Page 7 (mass)
Page 8 (time and space)
Page 9 (physical units)
Page 10 (temperature)
Page 11 (solar system)
Page 12 (EarthMoon system)
Page 13 (days, months, and years)
Page 14 (terrain)
Page 15 (human anatomy)
Page 16 (vital statistics)
Page 17 (DNA chemistry)
Page 18 (cell respiration and division)
Pages 1920 (map of the Earth)
Page 21 (the message)
This is page 22 of the Cosmic Call
message. An explanation follows.
The 10 digits are:
This page discusses properties of the entire universe. It is labeled
with a new glyph,
,
which denotes the universe or the cosmos. On this page I am on
uncertain ground, because I know very little about cosmology. My
explanation here could be completely wrong without my realizing it.
The page contains only five lines of text. In order, they state:
The Friedmann
equation
which is the current model for the expansion of the
universe. This expansion is believed to be uniform everywhere, but
even if it isn't, the recipients are so close by that they will
see exactly the same expansion we do. If they have noticed the expansion,
they may well have come to the same theoretical conclusions about it.
The equation is:
$$H^2 = \frac{8\pi G}3\rho + \frac{\Lambda c^2 }3$$
where !!H!! is the Hubble parameter
(which describes how quickly the universe is expanding),
!!G!! is the universal gravitation constant
(introduced on page 9),
!!\rho!! is the density of the universe
_{}
(given on the next line),
and !!\Lambda c^2!! ()
is one of the forms of the
cosmological constant (given on the following line).
The average density
of the universe ,
given as !!2.76\times 10^{27} \mathrm{kg}
~\mathrm{m}^{3}!!. The “density” glyph would have been more at home
with the other physics definitions of page
9, but it wasn't needed until now, and
that page was full.
The cosmological constant !!\Lambda!! is about !!10^{52}
\mathrm{m}^{2}!!. The related value given here, !!\Lambda c^2!!, is !!1.08\cdot
10^{35} \mathrm{s}^{2}!!.
The calculated value of the Hubble parameter !!H!! is given here in
the rather strange form !!\frac1{14000000000}\mathrm{year}^{1}!!.
The reason it is phrased this way is that (assuming that !!H!! were
constant) !!\frac1H!! would be the age of the universe, approximately
14,000,000,000 years. So this line not only communicates our
estimate for the current value of the Hubble parameter, it
expresses it in units that may make clear our beliefs about the age
of the universe. It is regrettable that this wasn't stated more
explicitly, using the glyph
that was already used for the age of the Earth on page
13. There
was plenty of extra space, so perhaps the senders didn't think of it.
The average temperature of the universe, about 2.736 kelvins. This is based on measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which is the same in every direction, so if the recipients have noticed it at all, they have seen the same CMB that we have.
The next
article will discuss the final page, shown at
right. (Click to enlarge.) Try to figure it out before then.
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