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Comment: blunder (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by sstory (#26142489) Attached to: Galaxy Clusters' Stunted Growth Confirms Dark Energy
(Sigh). Everytime I see a story about the cosmological constant I have to see the obligatory "that dark energy is a weird antigravity called the cosmological constant that was hypothesized and then abandoned by Albert Einstein as a 'blunder' almost a century ago." as if Einstein was so smart he predicted dark energy 100 years ago. No. He put a term in the equation to stabilize the universe, which was then thought to be static, against gravity. Then it turned out the universe wasn't static, it was expanding. That was the blunder. If there's an outward force, as there now seems to be, you'd put a term in the same place. But it's based on new data. I'm sick and tired of the "Aha! Einstein was right all along and he didn't even know it!" comment that has to be stuffed in every cosmological constant story these days.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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