Monday, April 02, 2007

The Stryngbohtyk Model of the Universe

To the left is a figure depicting the shape of the universe according to the stryngbohtyk model of the universe, from Miralda-Escude (2007). The author recommends, "For better inspiration to think on the stryngbohtyk model, it is recommended to place an object as shown in the figure on top of one’s head." While this paper is not the only significant contribution to comedic cosmology on astro-ph today (see also Scott & Frolop 2007; Follop et al 2007, and be sure to read all of the footnotes contained therein), it is perhaps the one offering the best enlightenment on the relationship between dark energy and a certain famous equation:

As a note, the name dark energy for a component driving the acceleration is particularly bad among all the bad terminology that astronomers have made up, because Einstein discovered that
E = mc2,
(this equation is written here in case anybody had forgotten it), so everything in the universe is energy (and the name “dark stuff” would be no worse than dark energy). Moreover, dark means something that absorbs the light, whereas something that lets all the light go through without interaction should be called transparent, or invisible (which means detectable only through gravity, because Einstein found that nothing can be invisible to gravity).


Stephen said...

Einstein found that nothing can be invisible to gravity

Nothing is better than complete happiness.

A ham sandwich is better than nothing.

Therefore, a ham sandwich can be invisible to gravity.

APK said...

What makes you think that "nothing" can be invisible to gravity simply because our current theories neither predict nor require it? Nothing, like all, is a very big word... and you haven't convinced me (since that was your goal to begin with, I know).


P.S. Snuggles for my lil' Athena! =D