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Ask Ethan: Which Fundamental Science Question Is The Most Important?

30 Dec 2017, 15:01 UTC
Ask Ethan: Which Fundamental Science Question Is The Most Important?
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If gravity itself isn’t a fundamental force, but rather an emergent ones, many of the mysteries of space and time may have a different solution than the ones we’re presently seeking. Image credit: Zoltán Vörös of flickr.Out of five vital questions, which one should we most desire the answer to?Despite all we’ve learned about physics, science, and the Universe before us, there are still some incredibly fundamental questions whose answers are still elusive. Each one is a challenge to humanity, and the answers are thoroughly uncertain, with tremendous implications depending on what the answer actually is. From our cosmic birth to the fundamental laws governing everything, and from the origin of life to what actually makes up the Universe, there is so much left to discover. If we could only know the answer to one, which one should we choose? That’s what our Patreon supporter Chris Shaw wants to know, as he asks:If you could have a complete answer to one of these 5 questions what would it be?* Did cosmic inflation happen or was there another process?* Is earth the only place in the cosmos with life?* How [can we] merge general relativity and quantum mechanics?* What is dark ...

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