I can’t promise you that you will create a universe every time, but I can promise you a fun time with the kids.
(You can find most ingredients at your local periodic table of elements, but if you follow the recipe they will just begin to exist. Who doesn’t like that? In this economy…)
A decent amount of Hydrogen
A little Helium
A little Lithium
(This recipe calls for Hydrogen and Deuterium. Do not use Hydrogen as a substitute for Deuterium-there’s a mass difference)
1. First, get your universe really hot and dense.
2. You’ll notice the universe will begin to expand after a while. Once the temperature drops, your ingredients begin to exist. Looking good!
3. At this point, you set your oven timer for 100,000 years or until the universe becomes 3000 degrees Kelvin.
4. You’ll notice that your universe becomes opaque when it first starts expanding and cooling off, then it becomes transparent. Almost there! Looks delicious!
5. If you’re on the go, and don’t have 100,000 years, make sure you DON’T use high density matter. This could cause long-range gravitational forces to slow down the expansion. Keep the density low. That way, your universe can expand forever.
6. That’s it! My only other suggestion is to make sure you measure your cosmic background radiation. The CMBR should have a thermal black body spectrum at a temperature of 2.725k!
The kids will love the end results, but they will love the process even more! Enjoy!
UbuWeb is devoted to the Pictures Generation who are being honored with a retrospective at the Met. Their take on consumerism, advertising, media and appropriation had ramifications far beyond the art world, becoming truly predictive — for better or worse — of our world today. After thirty-five years, much of the work still feels contemporary, challenging and radical. And in the face of the recent (thankfully) collapsed art market, these theory-fueled provocations look better than ever.
Over the years, we’ve collected a number of their works on UbuWeb, which you can access below.