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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Time must have a stop: was there actually NO "Big Bang"?
"A fool may ask a question which forty wise men cannot answer."
I have a question about the supposed origin of the universe, and perhaps you may be the forty-first wise man (or woman):
Time slows down in the neighbourhood of massive objects. There is no object more massive than the entire Universe, when (some 14 billion years ago) it is supposed to have been compressed into a space smaller than the nail on my little finger. In that case, seen from our present frame of reference, was time then effectively at a stop? In which case, is the Big Bang effectively separated from us by an infinite duration, and therefore did not happen?
Another correspondent tells me, "Good question. Before Planck time, there isn't even matter, and energy doesn't experience time."