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Science concepts that informed 'Totality of Being'

Here are some examples of concepts that informed the choreography, Totality of Being:

Emergence. This is when many individual, separate pieces exhibit collective behavior - exhibiting complex motion or behavior as one single entity. We see it at all scales in physics, from the atomic to the extra-galactic. One beautiful example is the formation and evolution of a galaxy from billions of individual stars. Another amazing example is shown in the video above about the simulation of the evolution of our universe - giant structures are formed starting with just simple individual atoms of hydrogen and helium. Video

Chaos theory is the theory behind understanding how small changes in a system can cause huge differences in the final outcome of that system. We see chaos theory in action in the orbits of planets. For example, we can start with two identical planetary systems with the same number of planets, same masses of planets, etc. but then just slightly move the position of one of the planets in one of the systems. As a result of that tiny change (we only moved one planet just a little bit!), the whole system can go haywire and fall apart, whereas the other will stay stable with its planets orbiting happily forever. Video

Spacetime. Finally, it can be really useful when we think about the universe to think of space as a flexible fabric. When mass or matter is embedded in the fabric, the fabric stretches and curves. Things (other masses like stars, planets, nebulae, etc) traveling in this curved space will be deflected by the curvature. In this way, matter tells space how to curve and space tells matter how to move. Video

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