June 24, 2014
WE ARE ALL DESIGNISTS NOW:
Why the universe isn't supposed to exist (Tia Ghose, 6/24/14, LiveScience)
The universe shouldn't exist -- at least according to a new theory.Modeling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth, the new study suggests."During the early universe, we expected cosmic inflation -- this is a rapid expansion of the universe right after the Big Bang," said study co-author Robert Hogan, a doctoral candidate in physics at King's College in London. "This expansion causes lots of stuff to shake around, and if we shake it too much, we could go into this new energy space, which could cause the universe to collapse."Physicists draw that conclusion from a model that accounts for the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson particle, which is thought to explain how other particles get their mass; faint traces of gravitational waves formed at the universe's origin also inform the conclusion.Of course, there must be something missing from these calculations.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2014 3:10 PM