Heavens' Kitchen simulation
Screenshot of Heavens' Kitchen.
What this is
This is a program, written in Java, to show a simulation of the
Universe from the big bang onwards.
At the beginning of the simulation, you can alter the initial amounts
of normal matter, total matter, and dark energy, to see what kind of
Universe your ingredients create.
Download and Installation
- Download link
- Warning: This is an 800MB download!
- Unzip the file to get the Java application
- You will need Java 1.6 or later already installed.
- It's designed to run in a 1024x768 resolution, so change your
resolution to that first if you want it to look its best.
- Then you can use Java to run the program.
- If you have Windows, you
should simply be able to
double-click on JavaApplication2.jar, which should be in the
directory you unzipped to
- Under Linux, you'll need to type something like:
'java -jar JavaApplication2.jar'
to run the program.
- Once running, pressing 'q' or Escape will exit the
The resources below cover a wide range of topics in gravity and
cosmology. See the teacher outline for more details.
Original resource developed for an Oxford
University exhibit at the 2006 Royal Society Summer Science
Lead developer: Jonathan Patterson, Oxford
University Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics subdepartments.
Additional resources developed by Chris
North, Cardiff University