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The Science Life

Taking the world for a spin

1:19pm, May 4, 2012

Julius von Bismarck wants to feel like he’s the center of the universe. He likes the idea of living on a spinning platform for days, maybe weeks — long enough, he hopes, to trick his mind into believing that he’s standing still while the world revolves around him.

The project isn’t an exercise in egotism. It’s his way of coming to grips with how people used to view their place in the cosmos.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that humans once thought the Earth was the center of the galaxy,” says von Bismarck.

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