The Multiverse Is Inevitable, And We’re Living In It (Synopsis)

“It’s hard to build models of inflation that don’t lead to a multiverse. It’s not impossible, so I think there’s still certainly research that needs to be done. But most models of inflation do lead to a multiverse, and evidence for inflation will be pushing us in the direction of taking [it] seriously.” -Alan Guth … Read moreThe Multiverse Is Inevitable, And We’re Living In It (Synopsis)

Is the inflationary Universe a scientific theory? Not anymore (Synopsis)

“I know of no other scientist, no other theoretical physicist alive who has a clearer focus on whether our theories and ideas are relevant to the real world. And that’s always what he’s after.” -Neil Turok, on Paul Steinhardt The inflationary Universe is one of the most revolutionary new ways of looking at the cosmos … Read moreIs the inflationary Universe a scientific theory? Not anymore (Synopsis)

5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the expanding Universe (Synopsis)

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” -Rachel Carson The idea that the spatial fabric of the Universe itself is expanding, and that’s what’s behind the observed relationship between redshift and distance has long been controversial, … Read more5 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about the expanding Universe (Synopsis)

Was our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

“The design of the universe…is very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted.” -Charles W. Misner One of the more puzzling aspects of our Universe is that, no matter which direction we look in, no matter how far away we check, its properties appear to be practically identical. This is surprising, since no signal can … Read moreWas our Universe born in chaos? (Synopsis)

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

“Gamow was fantastic in his ideas. He was right, he was wrong. More often wrong than right. Always interesting; … and when his idea was not wrong it was not only right, it was new.” -Edward Teller 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was so small it’s almost laughable. We still were mired … Read more11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe (Synopsis)

Big Bang confirmed again, this time by the Universe’s first atoms (Synopsis)

“In the current cosmological model, only the three lightest elements were created in the first few minutes after the Big Bang; all other elements were produced later in stars.” -Fumagalli, O’Meara and Prochaska, 2011 When it was first conceived, the idea of the Big Bang was spectacular for the fact that it made three incredibly … Read moreBig Bang confirmed again, this time by the Universe’s first atoms (Synopsis)

Sorry, Donald Trump, It Can’t Be Infinity (Synopsis)

“There are two infinities that confuse me: the one in my soul devours me; the one around me will crush me” -Gustave Flaubert Last week, Donald Trump restored the National Space Council, promising to take America and the world to new heights in space. He also made some statements claiming that this is infinity here, … Read moreSorry, Donald Trump, It Can’t Be Infinity (Synopsis)

Science uncovers the origin of the first light in the Universe (Synopsis)

“By its very nature science knows no boundaries. Walling off any group, for any reason, from full participation damages the entire enterprise of science. We must be scientists without borders.” -Rocky Kolb We normally think of “let there be light” as when the Universe got its start. In a particular sense, this is true, since … Read moreScience uncovers the origin of the first light in the Universe (Synopsis)

The Scientific Story Of How Each Element Was Made (Synopsis)

“It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order. And this refers in equal measure to the relations of man – social and political – and to the entire universe as a whole.” -Dmitri Mendeleev When the Big … Read moreThe Scientific Story Of How Each Element Was Made (Synopsis)