He did some complicated things that that sucked up photons out of absolutely nothing (what physicists call the “quantum vacuum”).
Yes. I know God did this a long time ago. But he didn’t have to do it on a budget.
The thing to keep in mind here is that light is a form of energy and energy is a form of mass (Einstein) . So what Dr Wilson did is he created something from nothing.
Can you do that?
It’s slightly more than a cute trick, actually. It suggests that that Big Bang (which started the universe) actually makes some logical sense. After all, if there wasn’t anything before the universe, how could it ever get started? What would it have been made of?
In other words, is it really possible to make something from nothing?
ScienceAintSoBadRating = 10 . A wonderful piece of science.
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