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He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. So says J.R.R. Tolkien’s hero-wizard, Gandalf, to Saruman (an anti-hero wizard). More than a century of successful atom smashing seems to say that Gandalf got this wrong. But let’s take a closer look at what we have—and what we […]

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The Mystery of the Missing Bang

One thing’s almost certain: Just before the thing that’s called the Big Bang the whole universe was very small. How do we know? This is the calculation of Lemaître―made with then-new general relativity―that went missing in Eddington’s careless hands. As to what went on then there is little more that’s sure: The beginning that starts […]