Cosmological models with no Big Bang

Browse back through the years worth of posts and you’ll discover I have a penchant for news stories involving quantumcosmology, superstring theory, quantum mechanicas and astrophysics.  The culmination of my love for all things deeply quantum pinnacled last year when I attended a lecture at Bristol University given by Leonard Susskind.

I caught wind of this news story via The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, a podcast to which I’ve tuned in “religiously” for nearly 5 years.

Wun-Yi Shuan, associate professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, has suggested that that mass, time, and length can be converted into one another as the universe evolves, thus eliminating the need for a Big Bang and dark energy and solving two cosmological dilemmas (the flatness and horizon problems).

In a very small nutshell, Shuan’s has developed a theory which hopes to explain how geometry of spacetime and the distribution of mass energy interact.  He proposes that time and space can be converted into one another by using a varying speed of light as the conversion factor.

Shuan’s theory also eliminates the need for dark energy, something scientists use to explain 75% of the mass-energy in the galaxy.

This is a radical idea and while this theory will definitely come under heavy scrutiny, but right now I’m completely enthralled by it.  Time and further study will determine if it is actually viable, in the meantime definitely something to keep my mind running.


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