We conduct scientific research which leads to a greater understanding of the Cosmos, the place of human beings within it, and visualise the future that awaits us among the stars.
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”.
The logo depicts a transcendental object that is the answer to all of our deepest questions about space, time, the Universe and what it means to be an intelligent conscious life-form in this multi-dimensional reality extending over interstellar space and beyond. The boundary to the image is the ancient Greek geometrical problem of squaring the circle, where if under certain conditions both would have the area of pi=3.14159... However, pi is transcendental number so an exact proof is not possible for this perfect symmetry. A transcendental number is a real number or complex number that is not algebraic. It is not a root or solution of a non-zero polynomial equation with integer coefficients. It is possible however as an approximation since pi can be approximated as rational numbers and then the root of a polynomial with rational coefficients can be found.