Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Omni Future Almanac: The Dying Universe
A quick one here.
The first paragraph of the first subsection of the first chapter talks about scientists devoting their energies in the near future on discovering how and when the universe will die.
I wonder if this is a direct reference to the presumed collapse of the universe that was the prevailing theory at the time, or just a general musing like one would muse about the beginning of the universe.
What I ultimately find fascinating about this is that it reminds me that we are only something like 6 years into discovering that the universe is much more unlikely to collapse than we thought; that it is actually expanding more rapidly over time, and not slowing down. At any time, our models for things we take as fundamental can be rocked by a new observation. And just when we think astronomy is getting boring.