For anyone who missed it the first time, here is the entire manuscript of The Enlightening, for free download (PDF below).
“Wow,” I said to Merle, as we walked away. “That was unbelievable.” I was referring to both the basketball game, and Merle’s rescue of the child’s ball. “Cute kid, isn’t she?” said Merle. “Very cute kid,” I said. “What language was that?” “I don’t know yet,” said Merle. Merle told me what the language was, […]
1 Prior to my Enlightening, I actually believed that scientists knew just about everything there is to know about the universe. It never even occurred to me that many great thinkers throughout history believed the same thing, quite mistakenly, in the context of their own times. From the brilliant scholars of the Enlightenment and Renaissance, […]
Physics, as everybody knows, is very equation intensive. When people argue physics in the laboratory, in a university setting, or even on the internet, it is all about the equations, usually. Yet much of our modern astrophysics is based on a famous theory that, counter-intuitively, relies very heavily on non-mathematical thinking. I am convinced that […]
I looked east to see mountain ranges, now clearly in view, and I realized that we were beginning to descend. By now, our ship was also in the shadow of the earth, as night fell completely on the landscape below. The patches of desert-like terrain were quickly rolling away to our west, and directly below […]
Ever-widening cracks are appearing in the Big Bang theory of the universe’s origin. However, the Big Bang theory accurately describes the great majority of cosmological observations, so any new theory should retain many, if not most, of the basic Big Bang components. There is a new theory of the universe’s origin and evolution, called the […]
One of the great mysteries of Special Relativity is the Second Postulate, which is the idea that the speed of light c is a constant, independent of the relative motion of the source. This constancy is why Albert Einstein preferred to think of his theory as a theory of invariance, rather than a theory of […]