“It’s bad news.”
Unfortunate words to be uttered by a respected theoretical physicist but this is exactly what Dr. Joseph Lykken said to reporters in Boston when discussing the fate of the universe.
Sure, we’ve heard it before. Reverend Harold Camping wrongly predicted the end of the world, as did the Mayans. But how can we ignore a renowned scientist?
Lykken declared the universe to be unstable:
“At some point billions of years from now it’s all going to get wiped out; tens of billions of years from now, there’ll be a catastrophe.”
Apparently, an alternate universe is going to expand and wipe us out in the blink of an eye.
When I heard this, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe how differently we define unstable. I consider a few billion years to be quite secure.
In the long run, it’s a moot point anyway.
Earth’s predicted to be long gone before the universe collapses. The sun’s expected to burn out in 4.5 billion years, expanding and engulfing earth in the process. Whew – what a relief!
May the farce be with you!