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The Center is Everywhere

Weinberg, David H.;
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  • Published: 23 Sep 2012
"The Center is Everywhere" is a sculpture by Josiah McElheny, currently (through October 14, 2012) on exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The sculpture is based on data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), using hundreds of glass crystals and lamps suspended from brass rods to represent the three-dimensional structure mapped by the SDSS through one of its 2000+ spectroscopic plugplates. This article describes the scientific ideas behind this sculpture, emphasizing the principle of the statistical homogeneity of cosmic structure in the presence of local complexity. The title of the sculpture is inspired by the work of the French revolutiona...
free text keywords: Physics - Popular Physics, Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
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  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1009505
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences | Division of Astronomical Sciences
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