Big bang in an infinite universe?

[I originally wrote this post for the UiS Cosmology Facebook page .] Observations, in light of the standard cosmological model, seem to strongly suggest that the Universe as we know it today started in a point-like event some good 13 billion years ago. Since then it has grown and grown, and now we observe living inContinue reading “Big bang in an infinite universe?”

What to do after the oil…

In todays world the focus on environmentally friendly energy sources is ever increasing. Perhaps Penrose’s idea from the seventies must be used… I originally wrote the below post for the Facebook page “UiS Cosmology” (https://www.facebook.com/uiscosmology/?fref=nf): In 1971 Penrose and Floyd published a paper suggesting a mechanism to extract energy from a black hole. In theirContinue reading “What to do after the oil…”

Getting started in Stavanger

  Well, it is already soon September, and I am ready to embark upon my Ph.D. work here in the city of dark matter. Indeed it is — I have heard they have a big industry where they mine dark matter from underneath the sea bed here. They call it “oil”. The platforms they use are huge (pic.Continue reading “Getting started in Stavanger”