42 Words of Wisdom: #05

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."

- Douglas Adams

I've been reading a book lately called "Origins", by Neil de Grasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, which describes our current understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe. In general, it is written for the layman (or at least the college-educated layman, with a bit of physics background), but occasionally it slips off the deep end and it takes me a fair bit of thinking to get my mind around some of the details. When that happens, I agree with the second half of this quote - the universe really can be a bizarre and inexplicable place.