RE: where did the Big Bang come from?

From: Jesse Mazer <>
Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2005 13:53:31 -0400

Norman Samish wrote:
> > Norman Samish wrote:
> >> And where did this mysterious Big Bang come from? A "quantum
> >> fluctuation of virtual particles" I'm told.
> >
>On Mon, 6 Jun 2005, Jesse Mazer wrote:
> > Whoever told you that was passing off speculation as fact--in fact there
> > is no agreed-upon answer to the question of what, if anything, came
> > the Big Bang or "caused" it.
> >
>Patrick Leahy wrote:
>Maybe Norman is confusing the rather more legit idea that the
>in the Big Bang, that explain why the universe is not completely uniform,
>come from quantum fluctuations amplified by inflation. This is currently
>the leading theory for the origin of structure, in that it has quite a lot
>of successful predictions to its credit.
>Norman Samish writes:
>Perhaps I didn't express myself well. What I was referring to is at
>, where Sten Odenwald
>hypothesizes that random fluctuations in "nothing at all" led to the Big
>Bang. "This process has been described by the physicist Frank Wilczyk at
>the University of California, Santa Barbara by saying, 'The reason that
>there is something instead of nothing is that nothing is unstable.' ". . .
>"Physicist Edward Tryon expresses this best by saying that 'Our universe is
>simply one of those things that happens from time to time.' "

But as I said, this idea is pure speculation, there isn't any evidence for
it and we'd probably need a fully worked-out theory of quantum gravity to
see if the idea even makes sense.

Received on Mon Jun 06 2005 - 13:56:03 PDT

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