[Quick Link to the Video Summarizing the scientific arguments can be found here.]

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purpose

The Copernican Project seeks to provide a 21st-Century framework for modeling metabolic processes that occur aboard our Earth as it revolves around the sun at MACH 88.  Biological modeling and molecular simulations are currently referenced to a laboratory frame that is treated to be at rest.  However, Copernicus taught us long ago that the true reference frame for all earthbound laboratories is one that possesses rotation, orbital velocity, and a host of periodic stress-strain cycles. This project will bridge the gap between the science of ‘effects likely to be so small that they make no difference’ and equations which quantify the magnitude of these effects.

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Scientific goals

The goal of The Copernican Project is to re-frame the physics of ‘equilibrium’ in earthbound systems to reflect the Copernican perspective. Modern biology has a need for extreme fidelity in the definitions it applies to model equilibrium in metabolic processes. This project will either justify our treatment of earthbound reference frames as being at rest, or it will help identify when we need to include the non-isotropy, inhomogeneities, and resonant properties known to be embedded in equilibrium states.
(Might metabolic processes ‘feed’ off of these asymmetries?)

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who

The Copernican Project was launched by a group of Berkeley Alumni who began their scientific careers in physics, astronomy and engineering, but switched their research to biophysics with a focus on metabolic disorder. That pursuit made it clear that we needed to first clarify what establishes metabolic order within earthbound systems when they fundamentally contain so many background periodicities.

This is now a collective effort, with a small but growing number of graduate students participating in the research. Your can help advance the scientific reach of this project by contributing your expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or the visual arts.

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Timeline

The Copernican Project began in January 2019. We hope to begin an experimental phase before the end of this year. See the Scientific Arguments page for progress and updates.

The Copernican Project is privately funded.
If you would like to advance its scientific reach by expanding that funding, please contact us.