Dark Energy

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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. -Robert Frost Ever since…

What the WMAP image means

“It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant, nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything, and save everything! What terror! There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil.” -Gerard De Nerval (For Rich C. and Sili, for their questions on this post.) The humble hydrogen atom — one proton…

Dark Energy Confirmed Again!

“We all need to look into the dark side of our nature – that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.” -Sue Grafton No, not the dark side of our nature, just the dark side of nature! Because if all our Universe…

The Fate of the Universe

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. -Robert Frost Sure, if…

The Secrets of the Universe!

“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.” -Rudolf Steiner For millenia, humans have looked to the heavens for answers about the cosmos. And one of the main reasons I write what I do for…

What’s in the Universe?

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley Earlier this week, I told you the story of how we went from a Universe that was — at one time — almost perfectly smooth, full of tiny, random fluctuations in density, to the…

Fare thee well, Allan Sandage

“I came at exactly the right time… I was 26 years old, and all the monks and priests down here were ready to retire. So I overlapped enough that I got to know them all.” -Allan Sandage As many of you have heard, Allan Sandage passed away last Saturday. Let me tell you a little…

“The whole fabric of the space-time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent.” -Douglas Adams As many of you know, if you take a whole bunch of mass, and you’ve got nothing going on except gravity, it’s going to gravitationally collapse. And if atoms, nuclei, pressure, and nuclear reactions don’t (or…

The task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what no body yet has thought about that which everyone sees. -Arthur Schopenhauer Most of you who’ve been reading Starts With A Bang for a while have seen this picture come up many, many times. Why do I…

“Cosmologists are often in error, but never in doubt.” -Lev Landau I’ve been telling you about the Big Bang, the greatest story ever told, and the entire natural history of the Universe. Let’s remind you — historically — of how our conception of the Universe changed as we learned more about our surroundings. Maybe the…