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October 04, 2011

Nobel-winning astronomer initially thought his discovery was an error.

It was just revealed today that Adam Wiess, a Nobel Prize winner for his theory on the accerlation of the expansion of the universe, initially thought his theory and discovery was a mistake. Staying humble, like a rational scientist always should, he stated that he always makes mistakes and when things don't go according to plan he always double checks his work. The implications of an ever expanding universe are huge, he mentions the universe freezing over, this will eventually be known as the heat death of the universe, as there is only a finite amount of energy in the universe but an ever increasing volume for which the energy to fill. Truly interesting and groundbreaking discovery.

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Posted by jeffsong at October 4, 2011 09:59 PM


I like how in addition to the information about Adam Wiess's universal ideas, you included the fact that he was skeptical of his own work. I like that because reporting your facts to other potential experimenters so they could run similar experiments is a part of the scientific method that maybe gets forgotten sometimes. Good report.

Posted by: sjbar at October 5, 2011 01:27 PM

Wow, that is something that I never thought of. I never expected that the universe could freeze over because all of the heat would be too spread out due to the universe's expansion. I always just assumed that as long as stars were still creating fusion, there would be heat to keep us warm. I learned a lot from this, great article.

Posted by: nzingas at October 9, 2011 12:08 PM

The article is fun to read. Both the heat death theory and the person are interesting. Like other prize-winners, he waited for a long time before it goes to him. And looks like he's also a good father.

Posted by: wangrt at October 16, 2011 06:42 PM

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