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The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was once presented for the invention of cosmic acceleration as a result of darkish strength, a discovery that's all of the extra difficult as not anyone is aware what darkish power truly is. We placed the fashionable idea of cosmological vacuum power into ancient context and exhibit the way it grew out of disparate roots in quantum mechanics (zero-point strength) and relativity concept (the cosmological consistent, Einstein's “greatest blunder”). those impacts have remained unusually aloof and nonetheless co-exist in an uneasy alliance that's on the center of the best predicament in theoretical physics, the cosmological-constant challenge.

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