By Michael Brooks
Technological know-how starts off to get attention-grabbing whilst issues dont make experience. Michael Brooks finds 13 anomalies that defy the clinical thought of this day and forecast tomorrows breakthroughs.
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This is the anthropic landscape approach to explaining the nature of the universe.
When Albert Einstein showed that mass and energy were like two sides of the same coin, that one could be converted into the other using the recipe E= mc2, he unwittingly laid the foundations for what is now widely regarded as the most embarrassing problem in physics. Dark energy is scientists’ name for the ghostly essence that is making the fabric of the universe expand ever faster, creating ever more empty space between galaxies. Use Einstein’s equation for converting energy to mass, and you’ll discover that dark energy is actually 70 percent of the mass (after Einstein, we should really call it mass-energy) in the cosmos.
If there was a problem with the cosmological constant making up Omega, there was also a problem with having a matter-induced Omega of 1. 3 of Omega; everything else was up for grabs. Not everyone was disappointed by this impasse; Robert Kirshner, for one, was rather pleased. The Harvard astronomer was worried that his own supernova results were coming too slowly to compete with the LBNL team; that his team had been beaten to the punch. But it seemed the race to understand the fate of the universe was still wide-open.
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks