jump to navigation

Dark energy – The Universe – Out There – March 12, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Enviroment, Science & Technology, Technology.
trackback

Dark energy – The Universe – Physics – Out There – Richard Panek – New York Times

The Sunday NY Times magazine ran this “out there”article, thankfully pointed-out by rather “out there”Bob Bopp.
Einstein spent the last 30 years of his life trying to reconcile: how to unify his new physics of the very large (general relativity) with the new physics of the very small (quantum mechanics). What makes the two incompatible — where the physics breaks down — is gravity.

In physics, gravity is the ur-inference. Even Newton admitted that he was making it up as he went along. That a force of attraction might exist between two distant objects, he once wrote in a letter, is “so great an Absurdity that I believe no Man who has in philosophical Matters a competent Faculty of thinking can ever fall into it.” Yet fall into it we all do on a daily basis, and physicists are no exception. “I don’t think we really understand what gravity is,” Vera Rubin says. “So in some sense we’re doing an awful lot on something we don’t know much about.”

Comments»

No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: