fluctuate for many years to come; the only thing we can say with
any confidence is that the age of the Universe is unlikely to ever
again be younger than the age of the Earth.
While astronomers may have been disquieted during this
episode, the geologists were unperturbed and confident in their
own radiometric dates, which were now widely accepted as
being reliable. The problem of a young Universe was not theirs
and they even delighted that this branch of physics was unable
to get its sums right, when so often the geologist had been crit-
icised by the physicist for his own numerical ineptitude!