Now to one of the most stunning pieces of research of the year. Appropriately, just in time for the Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice in you’re in the Southern half of the planet), scientists at Hudson University have solved one of the oldest questions of all: What is the origin of the Universe? How was it formed?
What the researchers say: For thousands of years—ever since the invention of farming—people have searched for the meaning of life. The quest was sometimes called, especially in academic circles, “the search for the Adams’ 42.”
“Since the discovery of the Big Bang scientists have been asking ‘what was before the BB?’” said the lead researcher. “Well, now we have discovered the truth.” The study was published in the Journal of Metamatter.
The Big Bang at its simplest posits that the universe as we know it started with a small singularity, then inflated over the next 13.8 billion years to the cosmos that we know today. The question has always been, what went before it? “There was no rational explanation, except, possibly the later theory that says that there are many universes and that universes create universes and ‘big bangs’ happen all the time,” commented the researcher.
“This is an unsatisfactory solution,” she said. “However it begs the question: what started the universe-creates-universes chain reaction? We have now found the answer.”
The authors of the study came to their conclusion after conducting three experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. aimed at recreating the conditions that existed in space/time at the moment of the BB. They succeeded in creating a microscopic black hole which is what would have happened had the BB followed the laws of physics as we know them. That black hole, because of its extremely small size, didn’t go bang but instead evaporated quickly as Stephen Hawking had predicted. That might have been the fate of our universe.
Next, they reconstructed the same experiment but this time they created two somewhat larger black holes which they then collided. The result was a (relatively small but unfortunate) thermonuclear explosion which severely damaged not just the collider but also much of their laboratory equipment.
The third experiment repeated the second but the black holes were smaller and the resulting explosion more controllable. The result perfectly recreated the universe just after the BB. That universe is expected to continue expanding and the researchers are excited by the prospect of learning more about this mini (for now) universe. At some time—some 500 million years from now—it might sustain life. TR will be there to cover it no doubt.
Said the lead researcher, famed theoretical astrophysicist Prof. Chi Pahn Xi: “We now know what came before our universe-creating Big Bang,” she declared. “It was a scientist, a collider, and two black holes.” I like the idea of God being an experimenter—makes sense of it all really.
By Dr Bob Murray