The Universe

By: The FHE Team

Particle Physics, Cosmology, Astrobiology, and Aliens

According to one source, there are currently about 75 well-defined, traditional scientific fields of study [1].  All of these strive to elucidate our understanding of all or part of the universe. On this site we have selected a few key sciences (and resulting technologies) that we think will have the most impact on mankind’s long-term future, i.e. the future of human evolution.

Aliens-and-the-future-of-human-evolutionIn this particular section, “The Universe”, we have associated three scientific fields we find particularly interesting and relevant to our collective future.  By now you’re probably asking yourself what Particle Physics, Cosmology, Astrobiology, Aliens, and the future of human evolution have in common.  We have an answer.

Particle physics strives to understand the very fabric of space and time.  The fundamental building blocks of the cosmos a.k.a the universe.

Cosmology is the study of the origin and evolution of the universe, from the Big Bang to today and on into the future. From a sentient being perspective (supposedly that’s you and I) the origin and evolution of life in the universe is of paramount importance.   In fact, there’s a whole field of study focusing, on a cosmic scale, on that very thing: the origin and evolution of life in the universe. It’s called Astrobiology.

Astrobiology is the study of the living universe; its past, present, and future. It starts with investigating life on Earth, the only place where life is known to exist, and extends into the farthest reaches of the cosmos. It ranges in time from the big bang and continues on into the future.  Astrobiology covers a diverse range of topics which can be categorized under major questions: Where did life come from? What is its future? Are we alone in the universe? [2]

…and we arrive at aliens. Ha!

[1] http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_fields_are_there_in_Science

[2] NASA Astrobiology Definition

Inside “The Universe”


Particle Physics

Learn the fundamentals of the Standard Model – stay tuned for an exploration of the almost infinite number of possibilities and attempts at providing explanations for just the things we know we don’t know (such as gravity). Are particles particles at all?


Cosmology

Space, time, and the fate of earth and the universe are inexorably linked to the future of human evolution.


Astrobiology

Find out what is happening on the scientific front to find life in the universe, like SETI and the Kepler Telescope.


Aliens

More and more scientists across all disciplines are opening up to the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is discovering the extreme conditions under which life can exist. The Kepler telescope delivered the astounding news that planets, including earth-like and those in the “habitable zone” are more abundant than even the most optimistic of us anticipated.