Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Que sera, sera... I knew it! "The Big Bang wasn't the beginning"

I am worried about some things, like the health and sanity of friends who support Tottenham, and about how Tottenham will play next Sunday when they have the Big Game (but I am a Liverpool supporter, and usually very worried about them, and, by the way, I don't know anyone supporting Chelsea – next Sunday it will be Chelsea–Tottenham),
and I wonder if Miss Funnybunny will live happily and become a good person. Also I worry about catastrophically bad hair days, which I very often have, the future of the earth when nuclear waste is already polluting the seas and soon the atmosphere, and global warming melting the poles and Greenland. And television makes me really worried. The programs, wide – but artistically narrow – range of tv series from hospital crap ("Grey's Anatomy" and all that other baloney based on young people discussing relationships and wondering where they are going – the answer being "absolutely nowhere") to rubbish on police forces ("CSI" – despite the fact that the feature song, by the Who, is the best) and talk shows are so full of nonsense I feel the mankind is ruined. Devastated. Rapidly drowning into an idiot phase.

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But there will be a new start and a new one after that, like there always has been!

"the Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning."

This has always been chrystal clear to me.

But finally there's some Cambridge guy who proves me right.

Physicist Neil Turok: Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning
By Brandon Keim

The Big Bang was big, but it wasn't the beginning, Cambridge University mathematical physicist Neil Turok says. He theorizes that the universe is engaged in an eternal cycle of expansion and contraction: There have been many Big Bangs, and there will be many more.

For decades, physicists have accepted the notion that the universe started with the Big Bang, an explosive event at the literal beginning of time. Now, computational physicist Neil Turok is challenging that model -- and some scientists are taking him seriously.

According to Turok, who teaches at Cambridge University, the Big Bang represents just one stage in an infinitely repeated cycle of universal expansion and contraction. Turok theorizes that neither time nor the universe has a beginning or end.

It's a strange idea, though Turok would say it's no stranger than the standard explanation of the Big Bang: a singular point that defies our laws of physics, where all equations go to infinity and "all the properties we normally use to describe the universe and its contents just fail." That inconsistency led Turok to see if the Big Bang could be explained within the framework of string theory, a controversial and so-far untested explanation of the universe as existing in at least 10 dimensions and being formed from one-dimensional building blocks called strings.

The story as a whole at the Wired site.

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Buddha, my biggest hero.

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