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November 03, 2011

Have We Found the Universte that Existed Before the Big Bang?

This interesting short article challenges the traditional creation theory of the Big Bang. The article reports on the revolutionary new discoveries of physicist Sir Roger Penrose. Penrose takes issue with the Big Bang theory, proposing instead a cyclical view of the Universe. In Penrose's theory, the universe is created from a single high density point (like the in the Big Bang Theory), then the universe collapses upon black holes until black holes themselves collapse. This creates another high density point from which a new universe can emerge. Unger Penrose's inflationary model, our current universe is far from the first of its kind. Now, Penrose has found evidence supporting his theory. Penrose has observe concentric circles in the cosmic microwave background of the Universe. Penrose claims that these circles are windows into past universes.

Posted by derbach at November 3, 2011 03:04 PM


Wow, another theory for the beginning of the universe. This is entering into the realm of things that make your head hurt when you think about them. I wonder if scientists and physicists will ever agree on how the universe started, what kind of evidence would it take? In a few months will this be the new model for our best guess at how the universe started?

Posted by: sjbar at November 3, 2011 08:47 PM

It would be really interesting to get a summary of how black holes collapse upon other black holes, the enigma of space is truly one of the greatest mysteries humankind has yet to solve.

Posted by: jeffsong at November 3, 2011 11:56 PM

I for one love the idea of a cyclical universe, and couldn't this theory also supplement the Big Bang theory not destroy it? (i.e. the universe is experiencing an endless amount of a big bang, followed by the end of the universe, followed by another big bang to start things up again. lather, rinse, and repeat)

did anyone see the Futurama episode where they travel forwards in time to see the end of the universe, only to see it re-born again? I imagine something like that.

Posted by: davidnug at November 6, 2011 12:27 PM

Man this is nuts. I actually just wrote a Philosophy paper that required the universe have an end. If the whole thing turns out to be cyclical I may be in trouble.

Posted by: cato at November 6, 2011 04:14 PM

Although there isn't much evidence for this theory, logically, it makes a lot of sense. It's somewhat unthinkable that nothing existed more than 14 billion years ago. An infinite cycle of our universe seems to make a lot of sense.

Posted by: chazr at November 9, 2011 02:29 PM

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