AGE OF THE UNIVERSE Indulging in lots of dark energy, she begins to grow detached and aloof. Though parts of her are still quite attractive, she’s expanded substantially since youth, no longer can touch her extremities and has lost some of her former sparkle. She remembers when she was much hotter – […]
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🎤 🔉 NEW WORLDS VOYAGE They say one day the stars will be so far away from one another as to be forevermore invisible, one to another. Imagine, if one could get financed, the intergalactic Columbus of that age – Possessed of such bravery to set sail beyond “Sol,” without stars to beckon or guide, […]
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TIME’S ARCHERY Time’s passage changes with velocity and near a strong gravitational field. Mass and speed show full reciprocity — their equivalence now clearly revealed. If we accept that the Big Bang occurred, and matter was once infinitely dense, this measure alone would prove it absurd for time to pass. It just would not […]
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DARK GRAVITY The speed of light’s the limit, so we hold, as frequencies get stretched past infrared, and all the universe is growing cold a process that apparently has sped almost impossibly since it began because expansion should reduce its vim, and gravity should be custodian and sweep together, not its antonym. Thermodynamics on the […]
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RIP OR CRUNCH Most think the universe will Rip, some few think Crunch. Dark Energy is gaining grip. It’s most unlikely things will flip. Gravity’s always lacked the punch to stop the matter expanding, but whether it goes crunch or rip, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Many should recognize this as […]
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“I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.”
– Paul Dirac to Robert Oppenheimer
“You forgot that science has evolved from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.”
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— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For those who like to parse a poem, you may have noticed both gods and God appear in the first three stanzas. The reference in the first stanza to Einstein comes from the famous response he received from Niels Bohr for his often repeated adage expressing his distaste for quantum mechanical theory that God doesn’t […]
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Our universe has things in it because chance quantum fluctuations enable. Nothing is what violates Nature’s laws — something is apparently more stable. Supersymmetry was asking for it. It was just too perfect to be withstood, and once it took the predictable hit it lit up the entire neighborhood, and, in that Big Bang, the […]
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