Melbourne researchers rewrite Big Bang theory

By | August 22, 2012

Melbourne researchers rewrite Big Bang theory

“Think of the early universe as being like a liquid,” Melbourne University theoretical physics researcher James Quach said.

“Then as the universe cools, it ‘crystalises’.

“The reason we use the water analogy is water is without form.

“In the beginning there wasn’t even space, space did not exist because there was no form.”

Their research rests on a school of thought that has emerged recently to suggest space is made of indivisible building blocks, such as atoms, that can be thought of as similar to pixels that make up images on a computer screen.

Mr Quach said the standing model for the origins of the universe, the big bang, needed to be rewritten.

He hoped experimentalists would be able to find evidence to support the theory put forward by the Melbourne team of researchers, that would replace it.

“The biggest problem with the big bang model is the bang itself,” Mr Quach said.

“At the bang, physics breaks down.

“The model cannot make any predictions at what occurs at the big bang. You can’t use any of the mathematics [or] any of the theories.”

Mr Quach and his fellow researchers theorise that if quantum graphity “cracks” do exist, they will bend or reflect light, which, if observed through a telescope would support their predictions.

“If they prove my predictions that’s really good evidence for the condensed matter model of quantum graphity in which case you can throw out all the other attempts.”

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