Download e-book for iPad: 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling by Michael Brooks

By Michael Brooks

ISBN-10: 0385520689

ISBN-13: 9780385520683

In 2008, technology can simply quite account for 4 in line with cent of our universe, and the remaining, good, simply seems lacking. the results of homeopathy don't leave lower than rigorous medical stipulations. Thirty years on, nobody has an evidence for a possible clever sign acquired from outer house. the rate of sunshine turns out to have replaced over the life of the universe. the USA division of power is re-examining chilly fusion (a nuclear response within which atoms unencumber extra strength than they eat) as the facts is simply too good to disregard. The placebo influence is positioned to paintings in drugs whereas medical professionals can't agree on no matter if it even exists...In an age while technological know-how is meant to be king, scientists are beset through experimental effects they just can't clarify. yet, if the earlier is something to move by way of, those anomalies comprise the seeds of destiny clinical revolutions. This mind-boggling yet totally obtainable survey of the outer-limits of human wisdom is predicated on a brief article Michael Brooks wrote for the "New Scientist" in 2005. It turned the main circulated "New Scientist" function 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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And yet, so far, they have found precisely nothing. The searches have been going on for more than a decade; indeed, many of the researchers have dedicated more than two decades of their lives to the quest for dark matter. Upgrades are making the equipment more sensitive all the time, but we still have no defensible idea of what is causing that strange pull in the heavens. It seems somehow impossible that, when this stuff makes up a quarter of the universe, we don’t know yet what it is. But we should perhaps take comfort in the fact that we at least noticed it was missing.

It is rather like having a balloon that is peppered with weak spots; as the universe inflates, these fluctuations can grow, producing a new region of space and time. In other words, a universe containing a cosmological constant that arises from the vacuum energy will produce new bubble universes all the time. Those bubbles will produce their own new baby universes in turn—and so on, ad infinitum. What we think of as the universe is only one region of space-time in a frothing sea of miniuniverses. The anthropic landscape idea has many supporters now, especially among theorists; that is why Steinhardt puts himself in the minority.

It dawned on Anderson, however, that they could do more. As spacecraft, the Pioneer probes are unique. Every other craft has the means of checking its orientation and trajectory—by triangulating its position with certain stars, for example. If the mission scientists find the craft has strayed, they can fire rocket thrusters to correct any drift. Pioneer 10 and 11, on the other hand, were going to keep themselves stable using the same trick that keeps a child’s spinning top upright: they were going to spin their way through space.

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