The December 2006 Sky and Telescope has a fascinating article on current speculation on the origins of the Universe. It’s well-written, comprehensible by the amateur astronomer or the layperson, and entertaining too. The article is “Where Did It All Come From?” by Anthony Aguirre, of UC Santa Cruz. If you subscribe to S&T, I recommend it. If you don’t, the article can’t be found in S&T’s own online article search, which I think is operated under a pay-per-view scheme anyway.
The article discusses various theoretical models of the Big Bang. At t-12 seconds (before the Big Event itself), we theorize there must have been an infinitely compressed seed core. At t=0, something triggered inflation, in which the universe doubled in size every 12 seconds without bound, as it is apparently still doing today. Within that expanding universe, the expanding billion-degree plasma of which we have all read gradually cooled, transitioning the exploding seed core into the infant universe of 13.7 billion years ago. Through the assumed ionization and re-ionization periods, we got the coalesced clouds of gaseous matter we now understand to be galaxies, dark matter, politicians and so forth.
The item is that of course the question has been asked, “but where did the seed core come from”? One idea comes from an earlier S&T article (May 2006, by Guth et al, also not searchable). They calculate that the seed core might have had a mass of just a few kilograms. What if an earlier civilization has created the seed core in a laboratory? And, if so, could the laboratory have been room-size, or would it have to be as big as the universe (whatever that question could have meant at the time)?
How would that all have worked? What might those players have been thinking?
For a sneak peek at my theory, we bring you to a darkened auditorium in an ancient and very advanced civilization. The audience is hushed. A giant 3-D screen has come to life. There has been a dramatic discovery.
“Attention, ladies and gentlemen. Houston has just opened the tunnel connection to the Remote Lab, in the farthest corners of the universe. We have with us this morning Professor Werner al Hakim. Professor Hakim, can you hear us?”
“Ja, I vas just read you loud und clear, Houston”.
“Professor, what can you tell us about this morning’s breakthrough? Is it really as world-shattering as everyone says?”
“Ja, Houston, ve haf created ein seed core, from which ein entire universe could be constructed. Und ve calculate it could be used to create an entire alternate universe.”
“But, Professor, how do we know that would be safe? Aren’t you afraid of setting off a chain reaction? Couldn’t that be dangerous?”
“Ja, I mean nein, ve haf limited size of der seed core to 12kg mass. Ven ve detonate, ve will point it in THAT direction. It should expend its energy within a radius equal to that what of diesen har inner planets.”
“I see. Thank you for that insight. And Professor, can you tell us what happens next?”
“There vill be little to see. We vill tell you vat our instruments tell us. Here, vatch now vat happens when I touch these two little wires together …”
And out of the ashes of the old, the new was created.
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