“We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship.” –James Harvey Robinson
The Universe seems to be full of contradictions. On one hand, everywhere we look — in all directions and at all locations — we find that it’s full of stars, galaxies and clusters. There are regions pretty much everywhere where, in the great cosmic struggle between all the pulls and pushes, gravitation has won.
So why is it, if gravitation can win pretty much everywhere, did the Universe not recollapse? How did acceleration and dark energy come to dominate the Universe? And how are all of these things consistent with what we know about dark matter, dark energy and the Universe as a whole?