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Cosm(et)ology

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , , on January 5, 2012 by telescoper

I’ve mentioned before that in some parts of the world, cosmology is likely to be confused with cosmetology. I now think cosmologists are missing a trick, and should in fact be borrowing terms from the world of cosmetics.

I suggested on Twitter that the Dark Energy responsible for making the Universe expand more rapidly should henceforth be known as Volumiser, a term which could also apply to the scalar field that drives cosmic inflation. I do think, however, that it might be better to think of inflation as an anti-wrinkle agent, as it smooths away any primordial irregularities.

Anyway, esteemed Nobel laureate and even more esteemed wine producer Brian Schmidt offered this contribution to show that someone has already had the idea…

I’m sure Quintessence isn’t the only example of physics that’s entirely made up, and no doubt you’ll be offering your own suggestions through the comments box…