The Big Bang Theory Truly Is Just a Theory

A scientific theory holds that it is an explanation of some aspect of the physical world through repeated testing and evidence, until that evidence is proven wrong. The theory which aims to explain the creation of the universe, just might suggest that there is a fault in the evidence behind the Big Bang. A new model which combines quantum physics with Einstein’s theory of general relativity suggest that maybe the universe actually had no start. This would change the way that science views what was once thought to be a 13.8 billion year old universe proposed by the Big Bang theory. Below is an image of an artist from NASA’s reproduction of the expansion of the universe under the assumption of the Big Bang theory. Lisa Zyga. Credit: NASA Lisa Zyga. Credit: NASA

However, why is this new model even being considered to replace what we think we know about the Big Bang? Many supporters of the theory would claim to argue that scientists have proven that they can see the singularity of the Big Bang if the look at the light traveling in the universe. Thus, if we can see it, shouldn’t it be true? Evidence from the new quantum model suggest that maybe our eyes can mislead us. Up until recently the evidence for the Big Bang has been strong. That is, until scientists try to explain the actual singularity.

According to Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, “The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there,”
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Not only does the new model explain this problem better, but quantum mechanics also seem to explain other puzzling phenomena such as dark matter/energy and Hubble’s Law.

This post is meant for us to question the constant regeneration and disposal of knowledge. What we once thought to be true has time and time shown that there is still much to learn about the universe. Even theories we once thought were irrefutable run into obstacles. However, as a community so based in science, we should celebrate these new discoveries. My question is that why has news of this not spread more widely? The Big Bang theory is one which would shock the world if evidence came to disprove it. If it is the case that there is actually a new explanation behind the beginning of the universe, this could be as monumental a revolution as when humans realized the Earth was not flat.


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