Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, an astrophysicist at Oxford University infuriated geek sites — and caused a Twitter storm among fellow scientists — by publishing a radically new model of the universe.
In an article published in a journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, Dr. Jamie Farns destroys dark matter and dark energy as separate animals. Instead, he theoretically combines them into one entity, a strange “dark liquid” that has the type of “negative gravity”. Meaning: if you pushed him away, it would accelerate towards you.
Dr. Farns said that the fluid can keep the universe in balance, serving what Einstein called the "cosmological constant" 100 years ago, when he proposed a similar idea in his theory of the general theory of relativity.
Einstein’s idea, which he later rejected as the “greatest mistake”, was that space — what we consider emptiness — generates its own energy.
As NASA best explains: “Since this energy is a property of space itself, it will not dissolve as space expands. As more space appears, more of this cosmic energy appears. ”
In fact, for the first time, Einstein saw what we call dark energy – a concept that modern physics came to explain why the Universe is expanding with greater speed than when it first appeared.
In accordance with the theory of Jamie Farnes, when the universe expands, more bubbles of this dark liquid appear, which further expands it.
He also claims to have developed “the first correct predictions” about dark matter halos holding galaxies together … because most galaxies rotate so fast that they have to be torn apart.
New theories about the dark universe are regularly published without the attention of the media, which was used by the theory of Farnes. There was a quick response from other astrophysicists, who believe that Dr. Farns was too sure of his statements, especially in the part he wrote for Conversation,
Some beat Dr. Farnes science, others say that his theory is worth talking. And it’s good to remember that the ideas of Einstein and many others were controversial when they were first published, which Dr. Farns expressed in recent days before giving up public debate.
New-generation telescopes under construction may soon prove that Dr. Farns was right … or not.