What would you consider to be the 5 or 10 most important/fundamental questions
physicists are trying to answer currently?
Asked by: Peter Sullivan
That's a subjective question, but here is my vote for the most important questions
science currently has before it:
- What is the so-called 'dark matter', known by its gravitational influence in the
Universe, composed of?
- If the Universe is really expanding at an ever increasing rate, as observations seem to indicate, what force is responsible?
- Ongoing theoretical research into a 'theory of everything', attempting to explain why fundamental particles and forces have the relative masses and strengths that they do. Is string theory a valid basis for this, or just a blind alley?
- The ongoing search for the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle believed to be the
source of all mass.
- Continuing study of the the origins and nature of life, and the search for life
beyond the Earth.
Answered by: Paul Walorski, B.A. Physics, Part-time Physics Instructor