Q&A: Physics, Astronomy, Cosmology and Computer Science

David H. Bailey
Updated 25 March 2019 (c) 2019

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This section lists numerous questions in the area of physics, astronomy, cosmology and related topics, and then presents answers based on best available scholarship. This material was assembled by the editor, except where otherwise indicated. Each page linked to below includes detailed references.

  1. What is the anthropic principle of cosmology? Anthropic principle
  2. How solid is the evidence for the big bang? Big bang
  3. Can computers think? Computers-think
  4. What are the ultimate constituents of the universe? Constituents
  5. What are the cosmic coincidences? Cosmic coincidences
  6. What is the cosmological constant paradox? Cosmological constant
  7. How are distances to the stars and galaxies calculated? Distance
  8. Where is Drake's equation? Drake's equation
  9. Where are the extraterrestrial civilizations? Fermi's paradox
  10. Is the universe fine-tuned for intelligent life? Fine-tuned
  11. Has fine-tuning been refuted? Fine-tuned-refuted
  12. A bibliography of books and papers on universal fine-tuning: Fine-tuned bibliography
  13. What is the inflationary theory of cosmology? Inflation
  14. Why does the universe harbor intelligent life? Intelligent life
  15. What is the multiverse, and what is its significance? Multiverse
  16. Did the universe have a beginning? Universe-beginning