Behind the Curtain


The equation contains all we know about the fabric of the known universe. It describes all the fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. It also describes all the matter we can observe in the form of subatomic particles. It also contains the Higgs field which gives matter their mass. 

The equation describes the universe as continuous fields where matter and the forces which act upon it emerge.

The equation is not solvable, it is not an equation of everything, but it contains a complete fundamental description of nature which has yet to be disapproved. It is as complete a theory as we have in any field. Probably the most complete.

It can predict the future as well as the past.

While it is the most complete understanding of nature we have, its language does not readily attempt to describe complex entities like bacteria or the wind. We need other languages for these. Yet our understanding of the macro world is scaffolded by the equation and what it represents.

Force of Nature
08 September - Sun 14 October, 2018
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
35 - 37 Castella Street, Lilydale