On Thursday, Professor David Wiltshire of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, announced that well-known Indian theoretical physicist. Padmanabhan is from the Inter-University Centre.
Padmanabhan issued ten years ago the challenge to demonstrate his notions on dark matter incorrect by 2016. Based on The Times of India, he said: "there would be no evidence to contradict the theory that dark energy (cosmological constant) is the cause of the accelerated growth of the universe." David Wiltshire took up the challenge and failed.
The Indian astrophysicist's interpreted Einstein's theory of gravity, which states that you cannot give a fixed value to the cosmological constant. He also related this 'value to the number of atoms of space which can be counted in the universe' and demonstrated it four years back.
Allegedly, the terms and conditions of the stake were that if Wiltshire won the challenge, he would get a clock (which he could pick). Wiltshire conceded defeat last week and sent Padmanabhan money. "He transferred the sum, and I bought the lamp last week. At the symposium in Australia, Wiltshire openly declared that he was conquered while showing my photograph with the lamp," Padmanabhan told Pune Mirror.
Padmanabhan's official website page (http://www.iucaa.ernet.in/~paddy/) has an interesting section called 'The Answer'. In that he states with a statutory warning:
'Nearly 99.9 percent of the people I know belong to one of these four categories:
- They believe philosophical discussions are bullshit and people indulging in them are at best misguided and at worst idiots.
- They pretend interest in philosophy since it offers an easy route to act profound at dinners (sipping a drink and stroking a beard, if available) - and eventually appearance of profoundness can be encashed for more practical goodies in life.
- They are occasionally curious but by and large happy with the locally available gods to answer their prayers.
- They think they know-it-all and do not require any further inputs in this subject.