by Fred Hilsenrath
Every once in a while I talk to our Rotary group about subjects of general interest. Over the last year I chose to inform our group as to what is happening in our universe. There are subjects of interest beyond our earthly concerns. Ever since Ikarus tried to fly, as the Greek legend has it, mankind was eager to know what exists beyond the earth surface. We want to know what is out there, how did our solar system come into existence, what else exists beyond our galaxy and how much longer will earth exist?
We played a Stephen Hawkins disc and he explains how our solar system was created. Stephen Hawkins is almost completely paralyzed yet manages to think clearly about subjects almost beyond our comprehension. In one section of his cosmology talks he explains how NOVA explosions happen and how all matter known to us is created by the collapse of super massive stars; how gravity pulls the exploded matter together and forms solar systems and here we are.
I like to talk about new concepts and questions scientists think and wonder about. What is dark energy and matter? What is the entanglement theory all about. There is much more matter in the universe than telescopes can account. There is non-explained gravity and expansion we want to know about. Einstein convinced us that the highest possible speed is the speed of light, yet galaxies at the edge of our known universe move away from us at greater than the speed of light. The Entanglement theory talks about events on earth that will mirror duplicate way out in our universe, without regard to the limit of the speed of light, how the information gets there to activate these events. I have my own suspicion about that: The universe needs to stay in equilibrium and a force must exist that controls it. We talk about the four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetic force, the strong and weak nuclear forces. There may be more fundamental forces not discovered yet. There is so much unknown out there, fascinating fields to do research in; so many careers for young people to indulge in and here at Rotary we try to encourage it.