- “Miracles can be explained. It’s the explanations that are miraculous.” – Chet Raymo quotes British cartographer Tim Robinson in his post Wonder-full
Chet Raymo’s birthday today is an opportune time to re-visit his excellent blog “Science Musings” where he regularly delves into the failure-ridden, if not failure-driven world, of science. People sometime decry science for trying to have all the answers, but in my experience science more tries to have all the questions. As Jeff Bezos says about innovation, “each new thing creates two new questions.”
As a very high level short list, for example, Live Science recently published a piece “The 9 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics”
- Is there order in chaos?
- Is strong theory correct?
- How do measurements collapse quantum wave functions?
- What is the fate of the universe?
- Why is there more matter than antimatter?
- Are there parallel universes?
- Why is there an arrow of time?
- What is dark matter?
- What is dark energy?
These questions don’t just underscore our failures to understand, but they also intensify the appreciation for the miracles that make our universe what it is.
- "My suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." – J. B. S. Haldane