The Universal Puzzle

“Is the universe open or closed? Only one thing seems certain. Whether it is one or the other, it is very close to the borderline. It is so close that fifty years of experiments have led to no definite conclusion. It is almost as though the universe had been deliberately constructed in such a way as to provide us with a puzzle that could not be solved.

Naturally I don’t intend that the above statement be taken literally. It would be absurd to suggest that a God – or a demiurge – had consciously designed the universe with the intention of playing a practical joke upon twentieth-century scientists. In any case, it has been quite a long time since anyone seriously believed that scientific questions could be answered by trying to understand the motives of a deity. But I do suggest that there is something verv puzzling about the universe.”1

  1. Morris, Richard. The Fate of the Universe. Playboy Press, 1982. 126. []
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