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Dr Adequate
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Message 27 of 33 (666845)
06-30-2012 10:07 AM
Reply to: Message 26 by Prototype
06-30-2012 9:31 AM

The original question however was: How can we get from a uniform gas distribution to such an extremely clumpy system in the first place? This puzzling question has not be addressed here yet, at all.

I think it has --- see message #3.

I am not a physicist (don't worry, I'm sure several of 'em will turn up any minute now). But I think the point is this: a perfectly uniform distribution of gas would indeed never become "clumpy". But this state is unstable: that is, any small deviation from perfect uniformity will be accentuated rather than reduced over time.

Edited by Dr Adequate, : No reason given.

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