Lately, I have been reading a book by one of my favorite people: Michio Kaku, a well-known theoretical physicists, news contributor and television personality, called Parallel Universes. I have also been keeping up with Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole on the History Channel.
My friends and family are totally baffled by my obsession with quantum theory, string theory, m-theory and the wonderful search for the unified field theory. I read the stuff, sure, but do I understand it? Not really. Even the physicists who work in the field every day say that they do not understand it. Surely, I am quite incapable of fathoming the mathematics that go along with the subject, but still I read it like a wide-eyed six-year-old in daddy’s closet stash. Fascinating does not even come close to describing the subject IMHO.
Unfortunately, I have very few (if any) people to discuss the subject with at any given time. I am a lonely fan of theoretical physics it seems. When I speak of Dark Flow, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, people tend to think about the dustbunnies that collect under the bed and how hard it is to get them out.
I wish I had a friend or relative who had a mutual interest, but it doesn’t seem that I will find such a person lurking around Indian Springs in deep East Texas. LOL. Of course, I would want someone with a similar interest, but not someone like Einstein because then I would be totally awed and intimidated and this would be useless.
I just heard a good question: Why do we (I) even care about the size and shape of the Universe? Why do I care about the properties of things that cannot even be seen?
Very good questions indeed and I have no answer. I simply know that I am much more interested in quarks, photons, gravitons and anti-matter than the Casey Anthony trial. My God! Just convict her… or not! Geesh!