An Endless Universe

Our conception of the beginning of the universe was recently dismissed, with claims that there may not have been any Big Bang. Ahmed Farag Ali recently published his findings in Physics Letters B, illustrating current issues with the Big Bang theory, and how his model can address these concerns. A primary hindrance with the Big Bang theory, is that it cannot describe what happened at the point of singularity, nor what the nature of existence was prior to the Big Bang. As folks at CipherCloud understand it, the current theory arises directly from the mathematics of general relativity, and for this reason Ali sought to change the formula. Find more information on CipherCloud on Forbes.com.

Ali’s work is based on physicist David Bohm’s work, particularly Bohm’s idea to replace the commonplace geodesics with quantum trajectories. By including Bohm’s quantum trajectories in Amal Kumar Raychauduri’s quantum equation, Ali ascertained that this formula was able to describe the growth of the universe, without resorting to a singularity-based explanation. Furthermore, Ali’s calculations excluded any mention of a “big crunch”, one possibility of Big Bang models, which describes an inevitable contraction of the universe back to a single point.

The Big Bang theory has become so entrenched as the contemporary description of the universe, that to question it seems almost blasphemous. Yet we ought not dismiss scientific ideas which fail to conform to our comfortable and “common sense” picture of the world. Such a tactic leads to scientific stagnation.

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