Cosmos Components

For Terrazas, the way to understand the structure of the Cosmos is presented as if it were a diagram and takes up the challenge of perceiving how the universe is built. The two lines drawn horizontally and vertically are the XY coordinates which allow us to chart this space. Once this is drawn, a circle encompassing these two lines is a symbol of the universe. Just like the celestial dome of the Greeks, this is meant to represent the cosmos. What is already intriguing is that the universe we can see is indeed contained inside a huge sphere we call the cosmic horizon. A smaller circle inside the larger circle represents planet Earth, the sphere that we live on. And then intriguingly we see a square turned 45 degrees sitting inside the circle. This is like a structural frame for the universe and indeed in Terrazas’s story of the cosmos, we see here the four fundamental forces that underpin our universe: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force, and the weak nuclear force. Since we can access no information beyond the cosmic horizon, we don’t know what happens on the other side. And so, the two diagonal lines that traverse the image and cross beyond the cosmic horizon represent infinity.