Big Bang image inspires scientists in quest to solve the mystery of creation

An image depicting the universe at 380,000 years old. Photo: NYT

When European space scientists released an image of the Big Bang afterglow, US cosmologist Lawrence Krauss wrote that no one could look at it without being awed and inspired. The 13.7 billion-year-old universe was then just 380,000 years old; that is, a baby!

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 4:35am 1 comment

Cosmic fatigue means fewer new stars being formed

Darker future awaits amid twilight of the stars

It's evening in the universe. The stars we have are dying, and we're not making new ones the way we used to. 

25 Nov 2012 - 4:01am

Science shows us how ordinary we, and the earth, are

One bit at a time, science has been destroying all of our traditional ideas about our own centrality. Photo: AFP

In this interval between the struggle to choose the next president of the US and the next leader of China, a delicious moment of sheer silliness: the BBC has banned a science programme because it might trigger an interstellar invasion.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am 1 comment

Between the Lines: Where little ones get the big picture

The Home Planet by Kevin W. Kelley contains astronauts' perceptions

30 Sep 2012 - 2:18pm

Dissident physicist was too big for China

Fang Lizhi, the dissident physicist who died in exile in the United States last week and whose political ideas inspired the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square, was once asked what he thought about China's political reform. To answer this, he said, he must begin with cosmology.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

by K.C. Cole

Harcourt $133

16 May 2004 - 12:00am

Weird science provides some comfort for us mere mortals

To mark the 25th anniversary of its excellent science section, The New York Times, in an article this week, poses a provocative question: 'Does science matter?' It warns against a growing public distrust of science and a rising tide of irrationalism and fundamentalism sweeping the world today.

15 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Nature's way to happiness

THE VOICE OF THE EARTH By Theodore Roszack (Bantam, $305) THIS looks like the kind of work you would find in your local psychic supermarket, between the nut cutlets and the therapeutic crystals.

29 May 1993 - 12:00am