Monday, 18 December 2017

Dark Energy: “The Worst Theoretical Prediction in the History of Physics”

Image courtesy of Szczureq, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Joel Kontinen

Dark energy is in big trouble. It was assumed to make up 68.3 percent of the mass of the universe, but it might be a mere illusion.

Live Science calls it the worst theoretical prediction in the history of physics. Physicists don’t know what it is or if it is.

“We're clueless," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson admits, but he’s unwilling to throw overboard the model that requires it.

Dark matter hasn't fared any better. Experiments can’t find traces of it.

The Big Bang model has been struggling for years. The facts don’t support it.

Early galaxies grew too fast, there’s no clear evidence of cosmic inflation (that, by the way, has been called a totally bonkers idea), and antimatter is still missing.


Pomeroy, Ross. 2017. The Worst Theoretical Prediction in the History of Physics. Live Science (1 December).