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13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling by Michael Brooks

By Michael Brooks

In 2008, technological know-how can purely particularly account for 4 in keeping with cent of our universe, and the remaining, good, simply appears to be like lacking. the consequences of homeopathy don't leave less than rigorous medical stipulations. Thirty years on, not anyone has an evidence for a probably clever sign acquired from outer area. the rate of sunshine turns out to have replaced over the life of the universe. the united states division of strength is re-examining chilly fusion (a nuclear response during which atoms liberate extra power than they devour) as the facts is just too reliable to disregard. The placebo impact is placed to paintings in drugs whereas medical professionals can't agree on even if it even exists...In an age while technological know-how is meant to be king, scientists are beset through experimental effects they only can't clarify. yet, if the previous is something to head by way of, those anomalies include the seeds of destiny clinical revolutions. This mind-boggling yet solely available survey of the outer-limits of human wisdom relies on a quick article Michael Brooks wrote for the "New Scientist" in 2005. It turned the main circulated "New Scientist" characteristic ever. He has now dug deeply into those mysteries, and the result of his investigations element to a thrilling destiny for medical discovery.

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When Bekenstein’s relativistic MOND started fitting rather nicely with other ob- THE MISSING UNIVERSE 31 servations of the galaxies, what had once been a fringe idea suddenly had to be taken seriously. And when lifelong dark matter supporters started switching sides, things started to get ugly. SOMETIMES, the idea that science is a neutral, careful, bias-avoiding discipline has a bad day. ” The crowing was over observations of a massive collision between two clusters of galaxies, known collectively as the Bullet Cluster.

Then, at the age of twenty-three, he came up with the universal theory of gravitation. ” Though it might seem simple, it is, quite literally, rocket science. Everything we launch into space is governed by this inverse square law because rocket scientists have to apply it to understand how their craft will move through the gravitational fields of the planets and moons of our solar system and—as in the case of the Pioneer probes—beyond. By rights, the Pioneer 10 and 11 space probes should no longer be of interest to anyone.

It was impossible. But try telling that to the supernovae. Every time Riess used the supernova data—the luminosity, the redshift, and the fade over time—to work out a value for Omega, his calculations told him the universe contained a negative amount of mass. The only way to make sense of it was to assume that mass wasn’t the only force at work in the universe’s expansion. Add in a cosmological constant, and it all made sense. Given the choice between invoking negative mass and resurrecting Einstein’s long-abandoned cosmological constant, the constant won out.

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