Matter and anti-matter… the words alone spin my mind into a “Big Bang Theory” episode, where Sheldon is attempting to enlighten the rest of us about the mysteries of the universe.
This article brings the crazy into reality.
But I confess that it makes me laugh. Take this section, for example:
For decades, researchers have puzzled over why antimatter seems to have disappeared from the universe.
Theory posits that matter and antimatter were created in equal amounts at the moment of the Big Bang, which spawned the universe some 13.7 billion years ago. But while matter — defined as having mass and taking up space — went on to become the building block of everything that exists, antimatter has all but disappeared except in the lab.
Now I’m quite aware that I’m no scientist. But as a mere mortal with a mind, I can’t help but wonder about the true definition of “brilliance” when I read the bolded sections. “Why has antimatter disappeared?” we ask. Might it have something to do with the fact that is has no mass and doesn’t take up space?
I recognize that I’m speaking WAY above my head here, but the very term “anti-matter” seems to contain clues to me about why this “stuff” is so hard to track and deal with.
But that’s just the ramblings of a wondering wanderer on a winter day.