by wjw on November 26, 2007

According to an article in tomorrow’s New Scientist, we may have doomed the universe simply by observing dark energy

“At the quantum level, whenever we observe or measure something, we reset its clock and stop it decaying – something known as the quantum Zeno effect. Our measurement of the light from supernovae in 1998, which provided evidence of dark energy, may have reset the false vacuum’s decay clock to zero – back to a point when the likelihood of its surviving was falling exponentially over time. “In short, we may have snatched away the possibility of long-term survival for our universe and made it more likely it will decay,” says Krauss.”

(Oops . . . )

Fortunately, my forthcoming novel Implied Spaces has a solve for this.

Dave Bishop November 26, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Have you noticed, Walter, that if a physicist uses the word “quantum” he can say virtually anything he likes? Who knows enough about quantum physics to dispute him?

Laurie Mann November 26, 2007 at 6:07 pm

The New Scientist was wrong.

So what else is new?

Details at:

Rebecca S. November 26, 2007 at 10:31 pm

Hmm . . . “Buy this book and save the universe.” Not bad.

Before, I was looking forward to reading Implied Spaces. Now I’m frantic to read it.

dubjay November 26, 2007 at 10:59 pm

Starstryder didn’t actually say the New Scientist was wrong, they said we can’t ever know if they’re right.

Which means that Implied Spaces may still be necessary in order to save the universe.

Best be prepared, I say, and reserve your copy ASAP.

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