“We’re Five Einstein’s Away from Explaining the Universe’s Existence”

 

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The British novelist Martin Amis said we are about five Einsteins away from explaining the universe’s existence. ‘His estimate seemed about right to me,’ said philosopher Jim Holt at the beginning of his book Why Does the World Exist?

 


“Quantum weirdness, living organisms, human minds, and designed machines all are examples in which wholes and parts relate in different ways,” writes astrophysicist Paul Davies in his new book, Eerie Silence. A hundred years ago, Davies observes, who would have thought that atoms behave with the weirdness they exhibit? There could be many ways in the universe that whole-part relationships differ from anything in our experience.

Just as the nature of quantum weirdness can be unveiled by the mega machines like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, so ET technology might go totally unobserved and unsuspected because we are not viewing it with the proper technology, such, Davies writes, as a Bose-Einstein condensate beam-splitting interferometer.

Or, as the CalTech cosmologist, Sean Carroll, concludes, “We don’t have a clue”!

Now, PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to explain everything we don’t know about the Universe, from Cosmic Rays and Dark Matter to time travel and the Big Bang. Filled with infographics, cartoons, and clear and entertaining explanations, this book is perfect the prolific Daily Galaxy commentators who are curious about science and all the big questions we still haven’t answered.

 

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On May 9, 2017, Penguin Random House is publishing We Have No Idea, an illustrated guide to the mysteries of the universe from Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson.

Cham is the cartoonist behind the webcomic PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper), and along with Whiteson — a particle physicist with an apparent penchant for cargo shorts who also works at CERN using the Large Hadron Collider — he’s previously produced videos explaining things like Gravitational Waves and the Higgs Boson.

The book promises to have a breezy-but-educational tone, tackling scientific mysteries like cosmic rays, black holes, and the Big Bang.

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