Any research into Einstein will unveil a man of many parts. He considered himself a humanist above a scientist, and despaired of the general ignorance prevalent in mankind. He didn't want to know about Relativity, he just did, and That One was the one that spurred the scientific sentience into action. From there came the quantum realms, the places where ‘General' just didn't apply, and in that seething maelstrom of chaos Einstein wasn't comfortable at all. He spent his dying hours attempting to impose an order on it. We could safely guess the answer came to him in the end.
But we're in a different generation now, with a whole new set of parameters. We've got an expanding universe accelerating before our very eyes and we haven't a clue why it's doing that. What does it matter? Does it matter? Well, yes, I guess it matters, especially if it makes a difference to the way we live, and the way we relate to our planet. Einstein saw it coming, the devastation and mass-scale waste, technology overriding humanity, all the stuff of dark matter in the making. He didn't have the technology that the Dark Matter Hunters have, with all the fancy telescopes and bits of computers that generate images from Data.
So relatively speaking, if everyone can agree that we're quantum, and that we do what quantum particles do - possibly, I don't mind a fence being there if you want one - perhaps we can afford to look at the Universe as a source of information in itself, rather than just something to be analysed. And if we can do that, who knows what it could tell us? Did we dream that? "Don't hold your dreams too hard, they're china in your hand.$" T'Pau
Kathy Ratcliffe has studied quantum mechanics since 1997, leads a life surrounded by birds and animals, and is a stalwart fan of Stargate SG1.