Brian’s Reflection: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
A universe that came from nothing in the big bang
will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. It’s
glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory.
- Paul Davies, physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, U of Arizona
It is said that the “Big Bang” theory was first spoken of in a magazine in 1949. Other “evidence” claims that the scientist Fred Hoyle called it that on a TV show in 1949 (he disagreed with it). The Roman Catholic scientist George Lemaitre is credited with developing the theory (called “The Hypothesis of the Primeval Atom”), working from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. (I wonder if the Pope approved???)
Am I going to say anything about the Big Bang and “God”? No. Theists can speculate if they want to.
Look Gang. We only have A FEW ZILLION YEARS!! We’d better get to work! There are a LOT of things to get organized. Peace. Justice. Respect. Universal Health Care. Abolition of slavery in the world. Finding an Alternate Universe or three before this one implodes. Things like that. So let’s get to work.
Actually, we don’t have very long. A report in the scientific journal Nature said today that all Hell had broken loose in the laws of physics, and that the universe’s Big Crunch will happen in 17 years, 3 months, 14 days, 23 seconds from the time of my writing.
Think we can manage??
Happy April Fool’s Day!!