• Question: Who or what caused the Big Bang?

    Asked by spock to Douglas, Hugh, Matt, Tom on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by tucky, bradfordj, sophiewilson.
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      Douglas Blane answered on 17 Jun 2010:

      That’s a really tough one. How can you get someting out of nothing?

      Take a look at what Stephen Hawking has to say about it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=xiS54fUo7ZA&feature=related

      When I was studying black holes about 30 years ago, Hawking was one of the scientists I learned most from.

      Hawking and another scientist called Roger Penrose proved using mathematics that black holes and the Big Bang were the same in lots of ways. So you could learn about one by studying the other.

      Cosmology is a difficult but fascinating subject and anybody who says they understand it all is just wrong.

      it is possible that the universe is way more complex than the human brain so we’re just not smart enough to understand it. But most scientists wouldn’t agree.

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      Matthew Hurley answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      This is one of the great questions of all time – and we may never know for sure!