Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by JBeukema, Jul 27, 2010.
13 things that do not make sense - space - 19 March 2005 - New Scientist
The answer to all 13, and then some, is God.
That may not seem surprising until you consider that the two edges are nearly 28 billion light years apart and our universe is only 14 billion years old.
Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, so there is no way heat radiation could have travelled between the two horizons to even out the hot and cold spots created in the big bang and leave the thermal equilibrium we see now.
This part doesn't seem to make much sense. If have two particles traveling in opposite directions at the speed of light, after 14 billion years they'd be 28 billion light years apart. Sounds like the author of that article needs to creack a basic physics text!!!
This doesn't disprove modern science, but rather gives it purpose.
If we understood everything, why would we need scientists?
I had to think of some title to catch people's attention.
Some of this stuff I'm familiar with. Its the same kind of things that told Physicists back around the 1900's that Newtonian Physics had some problems.
I'll read the blog and see what I can say, but again I'm a mathematician not a scientist.
The dark matter question is one of my favorites. I had a love affair with modified gravitation theories (descendants of the original MOND) in my undergrad days. I briefly became obsessed with the notion that those kinds of theories could be made to emerge naturally from Mach's principle, no (or not much) dark matter needed to explain the illusion of missing mass.
But I guess the jury's still out on that one.
Ok, I read this. I can't say I can add any more than the article mentioned. I'd heard about almost all of these at some point in the last year talking with my buddies over in Physics, but I haven't heard on any progress on them.
Like I said earlier though, its not surprising that there's some things that Physics and medicine can't explain. Science theories are different from Math theories in how they're built up. In Science the goal is to come up with the simplest theory that makes good predictions. Its happen before that these little breadcrumbs at the edges unraveled good theories. What follows is that better ones step up to take their place.
If you're interested in this, you should read up on the troubles that physicists had when it came to the constant nature of the speed of light. It went from: "Your Experiement is Wrong" to "That's annoying" to "What the What?!?!?!?" to "Brilliant!".
Conversely why do we even need science to explain things to us and exactly what's the question. Is the role of science to merely understand or is it really to see if humans can control everything.
I like awe, myself.
Scientific theories are entirely structured to produce predictions that can be verified by experimentation. That's pretty much the whole point.
I agree, some of the theories in the various fields are pretty esoteric right now, but one day knowing whether we're in a black hole (see the other thread) could be useful for developing some amazing piece of technology.
Even when you know why something works (which is surprisingly rare even in physics) there's still a sense of awe to be had.
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