Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aussie Scientists Challenge 'Big Bang' Theory

A team of scientists in Australia claim they could be about to transform the way we think about the creation of the universe.

The theoretical physicists at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University say instead of a Big Bang, we should think of the start of the universe as like water freezing into ice.

They use the example of crystals, that can be studied to reveal how they formed.

The researchers say there could be a new way of viewing "cracks" and "crevices" in the universe, just like looking at a crystal.

Lead researcher on the project James Quach said theories and ideas are developing all the time to understand the origins and nature of the universe and, perhaps, the rules as we understand them now need to be rewritten.

"Ancient Greek philosophers wondered what matter was made of: was it made of a continuous substance or was it made of individual atoms?" he said.

"With very powerful microscopes, we now know that matter is made of atoms.

"Thousands of years later, Albert Einstein assumed that space and time were continuous and flowed smoothly, but we now believe that this assumption may not be valid at very small scales. Read More