There are so many more questions yet to be answered . . . And so I wonder, . . . Are we alone in the universe? What causes gamma-ray bursts? What makes up the missing mass of the universe? What’s in those black holes, anyway? And maybe the biggest question of all: How in the wide world can you add $3 billion in market capitalization simply by adding .com to the end of a name?
—William Jefferson Clinton,
Science and Technology Policy Speech,
California Institute of Technology, 21 January 2000
(forty-nine days before the peak of the NASDAQ stock
exchange and the start of a ten-year bear market)
Before the afterglow era, GRBs were essentially defined by observations of their high-energy ...