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My New Articles on Big Bang, Inflation, Etc.

17 Mar 2014, 12:48 UTC
My New Articles on Big Bang, Inflation, Etc.
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I haven’t written in detail about the history of the universe before, but with an important announcement coming up today, it was clearly time I do so.
Let’s start from the beginning. How did the universe begin?
You may have heard that “the Big Bang theory says that the universe began with a giant explosion.” THIS IS FALSE. That’s not what the original Big Bang Theory said, and it’s certainly not what the modern form of the Big Bang Theory says. The Big Bang is not like a Big Bomb. It’s not an explosion. It’s not like a seed exploding or expanding into empty space. It’s an expansion of space itself — space that was already large. And in the modern theory of the Big Bang, the hot, dense, cooling universe that people think of as the Big Bang wasn’t even the beginning.
How did the universe begin? We haven’t the faintest idea.
That’s right; we don’t know. And that’s not surprising; we can trace the history back a long way, an amazingly long way, but at some point, what we know, or even what we can make educated guesses about, drops to zero.
Unfortunately, in books, on websites, and ...

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