The verification of the Big Bang theory of
the origin of the Cosmos (I was originally a proponent of the Steady State
The verification that at least some quantum
phenomenon are not local which means that at least some events in remote
parts of the universe are linked in a non-causal way..
The discovery of Quasars, Pulsars, Spinars
and a whole zoo of peculiar and violent astronomical objects and processes
that have radically revised our vision of the Cosmos.
The discovery that the expansion of the universe
is accelerating confirming an obscure postulate of General Relativity that
even Einstein thought was a mistake.
The almost certain verification that black
holes are not just theoretical curiosities but real objects.
The verification of an odd theory in geology
in which the continents move across the surface of the Earth like rafts
on an ocean -- Plate Tectonics.
The discovery that great biological extinctions
in the history of life on Earth have been caused by cataclysmic impacts
of comets or meteors, showing that the history of the earth and life has
not been as orderly and peaceful as once assumed.
The placement of a large telescope in earth
The brief exploration of the moon.
The finding of other planets in orbit around
The discovery that DNA is the molecular material
that encodes the genes of all living things.
are probably innumerable other things I could put on this list. It
all really just comes down to a matter of how detailed I want it to be
and how much I was paying attention. After all these are not my discoveries
-- somebody else did the work. But they are mine because they belong
to us all as a species. They are the measure of both how far we have
come and how far we have to go. Like a balloon, as the volume of
scientific knowledge increases the surface of that volume which touches
the unknown increases exponentially. I.e., there is more to learn
and more that will be learned with each passing year. We always think
ourselves lucky to live in these times.
imagine what is to come!
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Created April 1, 2002,
© 2002, Thomas A. Jonard