What was there before the universe

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what was there before the universe

Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe by Brian Clegg

According to a recent survey, the most popular question about science from the general public was: what came before the Big Bang? We all know on some level what the Big Bang is, but we don’t know how it became the accepted theory, or how we might know what came before. In Before the Big Bang, Brian Clegg (the critically acclaimed author of Upgrade Me and The God Effect) explores the history of this remarkable concept. From the earliest creation myths, through Hershel’s realization that the Milky Way was one of many galaxies, to on-going debates about Black Holes, this is an incredible look at the origins of the universe and the many theories that led to the acceptance of the Big Bang. But in classic scientist fashion Clegg challenges the notion of the “Big Bang” itself, and raises the deep philosophical question of why we might want to rethink the origin of the universe. This is popular science at its best, exploratory, controversial, and utterly engrossing.
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EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Hawking on What Existed Before the Big Bang

To see if there was a universe before the Big Bang and understand how the cosmos evolved after it began, researchers suggest looking for the influence of particles that acted like clocks.
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What Existed Before the Big Bang?

Could there have been an earlier version of the universe , with its own stars and galaxies? A universe populated, perhaps, by its own creatures, themselves wondering what came before their universe? Or might there be an infinite number of universes , endlessly branching out to create more and more universes? If so, does it even make sense to ask how that whole array of universes came into being? In trying to answer such questions, scientists bump up against the limits of the laws of physics. Existing theories can account for the evolution of the universe from its earliest moments — from a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — but the question of what came before has been among the most vexing in all of science.

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The Big Bang is commonly thought of as the start of it all: About But what were things like before the Big Bang? Short answer: We don't know. Long answer: It could have been a lot of things, each mind-bending in its own way. All we really know is that it was very, very dense and that it very quickly got less dense. As a corollary, there really isn't anything outside the universe, because the universe is, by definition, everything.

This is an article from Curious Kids , a series for children. All questions are welcome — serious, weird or wacky! What existed before the big bang? Did something have to be be there in order to go boom? Ethan, what a question.


  1. Jacksonnfh says:

    At the time of the Big Bang , all the matter in the universe was smooshed into an incredibly hot, infinitely dense speck of matter.

  2. Alumine Q. says:

    A quick recap on the beginning

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