These are the opening words to David Bowies brilliant song Life on Mars and although the song is great Bowie couldn’t have been more wrong. As I write this Europe’s latest mission, ExoMars has just been launched by a Russian Proton rocket and is on its way to the Red Planet to look for the […]Read more "A God-Awful Small Affair!"
After I had written about how we think the Universe got started I realized that we had left off with a Universe consisting only of gas and radiation. That it came into being at all is pretty amazing but to be honest, a ball of hot gas and energy isn’t very useful, especially if […]Read more "Once Upon a Time. The Sequel!"
Let’s go right back to the begining, or at least try to, where did the Universe come from? How did it get here? We once thought, well just assumed really because it seemed to have always been there, that the Universe was eternal and unchanging. This is understandable as nothing seemed to have changed “up […]Read more "Once Upon a Time…"
How many times have you found yourself in a discussion with someone who doesn’t believe in, for example, evolution, the Moon landings or something else we all just take for granted, something we all just know. You point out what you think is obvious about, say, evolution, only to be met with “Ah yes, but […]Read more "“It’s Just a Theory”"
Next week I am starting a new series of articles concerning String theory. As in the last series, the information for these articles is taken from Brian Greene’s book. This time it is “The Elegant Universe”. We shall be talking about the ideas and purposes of String theory, its concepts and structure, problems, predictions and […]Read more "String Theory – What is It About?"
A recent piece of news is that it is now almost certain that there is a vast ocean of salty water under the ice sheets of Ganymede, and that this makes Ganymede a good place to go looking for extraterrestrial life. This is exciting stuff. If we found life there, or anywhere else in the […]Read more "It’s life Jim, but not as we know it!"
My girlfriend and I have just finished booking our summer holidays and we are really looking forward to getting away from it all. Like many people, we will be flying and to be quite honest, flying bores me. I hate waiting in the airport to get on board and then when I am in the […]Read more "Fly Me to the Moon…"