Science Seen

Time One author Colin Gillespie helps you understand the physics of your world.

Whose idea?

After I stumble on the answer to the question of how the universe began, I’m sweating what to do next. I figure that another question―Whose discovery is it?―should point me to the answer. It would be pure conceit to think that it is mine alone. I just sorted through the thoughts of others, starting with those […]

The Big Picture

Last week I described stumbling on the answer to the universal question: How did the universe begin? Knowing this leaves me conflicted. I’m in awe at its simplicity and beauty and how much it may explain. But to conceive that I have figured this out is, to say the least, presumptuous. I mean, it’s one […]


How did the universe begin? From time to time I’d try to think of how it happened. I would think about it in the shower. Or drifting off to sleep. Or on a highway drive. Average an hour or more a day since it began to bug me when I was maybe sixteen. At first […]