By Giovanni F. Bignami
This isn't technological know-how fiction. It’s a voyage at the arrow of time to the arriving fifty years. The mythical palindromic personality Mr. Qfwfq from Italo Calvino’s number of brief tales, The Cosmicomics, will select us – he who is aware all of the solutions yet will provide out no tricks. he'll support us to find the recommendations that might have replaced our lives through 2062, while, driving astride Halley’s Comet, our omniscient extraterrestrial will go back to go to us.In this ebook, we will find out how astronomers will commit themselves to the research of the mysterious strength of darkish power, which makes up a few three-quarters of the Universe. we will additionally delve deeply into the examine of our Earth, to use the significant thermal strength that lies underneath our ft. we will remedy one other enigma in today’s technological know-how: the foundation of existence. we will come to appreciate easy methods to increase direct contacts among our brains and the remainder of the realm. we will find out about the way forward for genetics, the cause of the toughness of Methuselah flies and the hunt for high numbers. those are just a number of the fascinating and demanding discoveries to be published during this fascinating publication, that's designed for a broader public and never just for technology fiction devotees.
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And on Earth? In this case the answer is harder, if we talk physics, that is the nature of matter and energy. But we should make no mistakes if we start, as Mr. Qfwfq says (he who always treats me as a bit of silly), from the simple observation that the Earth is a part of the Universe and its only real difference from the rest of the Universe is that it is the only part of it that we can easily study. In the end, there will be only one outcome for this: the physics we study on the ground, for instance, the “infinitely small” of particle accelerators, must be the same as the celestial one, as the “infinitely large” as seen by our telescopes.
Softly I answered him: “For our good luck, Mr. Qfwfq”. Chapter 5 All the Energy You Dream of You rightly never dared to dream it, because you were afraid it wasn’t clean and it could release zillions of tons of CO2 or more into the atmosphere, damaging irreversibly our poor planet. By the way, a telepathic message from Mr. Qfwfq suggests us to take a look, at least a superficial one, at the history and evolution of our planetary system. This exercise makes one reflect especially upon atmospheres.
But then, is a spectre haunting terrestrial astronomers? Is it the end of electromagnetic astronomy? No, let’s not panic. Even when we have achieved the bridge over universal distances, maybe even before Halley 2062 (my crony Mr. Qfwfq reassures me), a lot will be left for us to discover, always by making use of our dear old photons. 34 4 Understanding Matter and Energy in the Universe For example, let’s think of all those planets out there. We have already discovered many hundreds of them, but we want many more, essentially in order to find just the right one.