Monday, April 12, 2010

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Er.. I don't get it.

The garden, at Jencks' private home at Portrack House in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, is designed to represent themes and ideas rather than what many see as the real purpose – to mount a horticultural display.
Yesterday, Jencks played host to physicist Professor Peter Higgs and director-general of CERN, Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, to discuss the possibility of creating a similar concept in Geneva.

Wow. You would think the Director of CERN has more things on his plate to worry about with the LHC than thining about what type of a garden to put at CERN. Can't he just leave this to people in charge of the grounds?


1 comment:

Jim Aikin said...

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. I'm happy to hear that physicists are planting gardens!

But the real reason I came searching for a physics blog is because I have a question. I'm not a physicist, only an interested layman. I've been musing over the theory of dark matter. My question is, why doesn't it clump up?

To elaborate a bit: We're told that galaxies are embedded in haloes of dark matter. The theory is that a galaxy has many times more mass than we can observe directly. Why, then, is it that the sun doesn't? Why doesn't the sun draw in a bunch of dark matter (through gravitation) and keep it?

Any light you can shed on this question (so to speak) would be interesting!

--Jim Aikin