Friday, November 17, 2006

Stop the Presses

Yep,  Einstein was right.  If you read the watered down consumer friendly version of the latest Hubble telescope discovery posted on AOL, it's all there. Einstein's theory about Dark Energy, which he decided was wrong, is actually right.

Apparently in 1998, "astronomers who were using supernova explosions to gauge the expansion of the universe made a shocking observation. It appeared that older supernovae, whose light had traveled a greater distance across space to reach the Hubble telescope, were receding from Earth more slowly than simple big-bang theory would predict. Nearby supernovae were receding more quickly than expected. That could only be true if some mysterious force were causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate over time."

Now the Hubble has actual photographs that show this.


But, wait, here is my favorite quote from the story:

"Dark energy makes us nervous," said Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology who was not involved in the supernova study. "It fits the data, but it's not what we really expected."

Nervous?  Whaddya mean, "nervous?"

 . . .Dark energy could be some property of space itself, which is what Einstein was thinking of when he proposed it. Or it could be something akin to an electromagnetic field pushing on the universe. And then there's the possibility that the whole thing is caused by some hitherto undiscovered wrinkle in the laws of gravity.

A wrinkle in the laws of gravity?  Estee Lauder makes a great cream for that.

I think I've discovered why so many scientists are men.  Particularly theoretical physicists, those guys who spend years contemplating the possibilities of things, rather than the realities.

Someone else is doing their laundry, heating their food, raising their kids, putting gas in their cars, finding the remote, and reminding them to get a haircut, although Einstein looks like he never kept his appointments.

Forgive me for assuming that "someone else" is a woman, but why else would there be such a dearth of females in scientific endeavors except that somebody has to make the coffee. Not that in our post feminist world she hasn't been encouraged to engage in abstract thinking when her chores are done.

Even those double helix guys Watson and Crick say that a woman really cracked the code before they did.  She just didn't get the credit.  Neither did the babe who invented Mr. McCormick's reaper. Edison was homeschooled by his mother while we're at it.

As far as I'm concerned men can have their fun wondering if the universe is folding in on itself.  I wouldn't trade one snot nosed poopy diaper day for a chance to be at the top of their profession, or mine for that matter. I saw the mountaintop and the view was better from the sandbox. 


screaminremo303 said...

It just goes to prove my theory:

Behind every successful man is a picture of the woman who folds his laundry. In a frame. On his desk. Next to his autographed 8x10 of some Baywatch babe.

jevanslink said...

The Baywatch babe is his screensaver.  

Mrs. L

mombzbe said...

Einstein's wife helped him out with the math, with his work.   It must be true, I saw the special on PBS.

I'm off to fold some laundry and perform some complicated equations befitting all my higher education.

You know, balance my checkbook.  :p
P.S.  The Playdoh Palace has a pretty good view too.

cberes1 said...

Correction.  They DO know how to find the remote.

meforevermore said...

The good thing about being in the dirt is you've got no where else to go but up.

Of course, that's what my father says. And being my father... he's male.

Eh. I like the dirt better anyway.

Besides, if the universe folds in on itself, I'd rather not know it's about to happen. Just me though.


sistercynthiadr said...

You always know just what to say.  Brava, yet again!

swibirun said...

Stephen Hawking asked me (I'm his new personal assistant, don't cha know) to tell you....let's see, what was the message....oh yeah

"Bite Me!"

Ha ha!  I read that article and others with great interest.   It's amazing how little we really know and how much is just theory.  My father in law and I had a long discussion about string theory and parallel universes the other day.  It made me realize how insignificant all that paperwork on my desk was, so I took the rest of the day off and went for a walk!