Tuesday, March 13, 2007

and dark energy is ... ?

Ever since I randomly saw a documentary about this a while back, my imagination has been captured by this (apparent) fact: 96% of the universe is made up of something other than the matter and energy we understand in our physical existence.

So, while I don't understand all the math and science of cosmic physics, I remain fascinated by the concepts of "dark matter" (22% of the universe) and "dark energy" (74%). My perspective is certainly more poetic than scientific, but I can't help wondering... is this the stuff of the spirit? Or do we know even less about what we don't know than we thought we didn't know?

If you haven't already seen it via slashdot (where I found it), the New York Times Magazine has a lovely little article about the concepts, written so that even a layperson like me can understand.

At any rate, three cheers for the universe not falling apart! Yet!


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