The presents bought from cash relatives sent have (yes I know, not my idea but hey ho) have just arrived. Among then a universe from nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss. I could not resist reading Richard Dawkins afterword.
As Garfield once said “read the ending first, life is so uncertain.”
Accept, having been at a talk where Krauss mentioned this, the idea that we can verify the age of the universe and indeed see beyond our galaxy is not fixed in an expanding universe.
Two trillion years hence, the universe will have expanded so far that all galaxies but the cosmologist’s own (whichever one it happens to be) will have receded behind an Einsteinian horizon so absolute, so inviolable, that they are not only invisible but beyond all possibility of leaving a trace, however indirect. They might as well never have existed. Every trace of the Big Bang will most likely have gone, forever and beyond recovery. The cosmologists of the future will be cut off from their past, and from their situation, in a way that we are not.
If the book is anything like the talk encourage you to read even if the tag line by Krauss:
“Forget Jesus, the stars died so you could be born”
may just put you off. Expand the horizon of your mind while we can. Take the opportunity to see the talk below.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog