On Mon, 15 May 2000, Dan Adams wrote:
> It was a joke Mitch - I'm fully aware of the frontiers
> of high energy physics. Interestingly, it has
> recently been demonstrated that we live in an open
> universe consisting of roughly 5% matter, 35% dark
> matter, and 60% dark energy.
If that has been "demonstrated" it is a theoretical
result unconfirmed by experimental data. I know of
nothing that has settled the composition of the
universe definitively one way or another.
The astronomers at the gravitational microlensing
conference in South Africa in Feb. voted out
highly inconclusively (something like 50%:30%:27%:2%)
on what the cause of their observations is. If
they can't figure out whether or not what they
are seeing is black holes, brown dwarfs & gas cloud
clusters, or anomolies in the shapes of galaxies,
then I would say conclusions such as you cite above
are tentative at best.
If you have any references for this claim I would enjoy
looking at them.
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