Science: Non-Commonsense Cosmos

How did the universe get the way it is? This largest of science's questions was attacked with vigor by the bold "Cambridge cosmologists" at the Oxford convention of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

In reasoning about the universe, said Cosmologist Thomas Gold, "we must be on our guard against that evil intruder 'common sense.' " Common sense, Gold pointed out, is derived from human experience with objects of moderate size such as the human body and the solar system. Scientists now know that very small objects (i.e., subatomic particles) behave in a non-commonsensical way. Very large objects may behave...

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