Perspective of The Big
The perspective of the big is the overall, holistic, systems perspective, typically looking from the outside inwards.
- Represented by the pronoun “They”
- An Outer Perspective
- Top-down approaches.
- An entire system that embodies all of its interrelated components.
- A nation, a continent, a world.
The Goal of the Big
- Global optimization
- A global optimum is the maximum achievement of a goal for an entire system, rather than for any of its individual components or subsystems (e.g. local optima).
The Really Big
The Universe is the biggest system and perspective known by science. The age of the known universe is about 13.8 billion years. The size of the observed universe is about 90 billion light years in diameter. The distance we can observe is limited by the speed of light.
Note that while the Universe has been expanding and cooling, it has become clumpier with structures such as nebulae and hot spots such as stars.
It is possible to create simulations to model and analyze the Big. Here are several useful tools for simulating the Big.
- Xcode for OSX (a somewhat large download). This is free and it is useful for editing files.
- Ruby language for simulations. It is really simple to start with and it is the basis for many web applications using a framework called Rails.
- Python language for simulations and analysis. It has many useful libraries.
- R language for plotting and more.
- Processing language for graphics and animations.