The Next Big Bang
POPULAR WISDOM HOLDS that fundamental change and new discoveries tend to happen precisely when they’re least expected–and when everyone is vehemently denying their possibility. In this context, it has become almost a cliché to quote James Clerk Maxwell’s famous statement, made during his inaugural lecture at the University of Cambridge in 1871: The opinion seems to have got abroad, that in a few years all the great physical constants will have been approximately estimated, and that the only occupation which will then be left to men of science will be to carry on these measurements to another place of decimals.
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