Dark Age of Physics

· theory of relativity

The more I see of modern physics the more difficult is it to resist the suspicion that something is wrong. Today I listened to the presentation The Accelerating Universe by the 2011 Nobel Laureates in Physics Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt and their teams of more than 50 people.

The Nobel Prize was awarded partly to the experimental achievement of identifying distant supernovas and measuring their distance and speed, and partly to the discovery that the measurements seem to fit with the simplest possible cosmological model based on general relativity reduced to the simple special case of the Cosmological Principle (CP) of  isotropy and uniformity, only if the model is modified to include a new completely unknown and mysterious form of energy named dark energy causing an accelerating expansion.

The Prize was thus given for measurements indicating the existence of some form of dark energy of an Accelerating Universe (maybe as a compensation for Decelerating Economy).

After 90 minutes about measurements a theoretical physicist in one of the teams pulled the carpet under the Laureates by questioning CP and thus the Prize motivation: Without CP the measurements would not require any dark energy.

I thus found support to the simple argument presented in Accelerating Universe Without Dark Energy.

More of my questioning of dark energy here.

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