The Science is Settled! – Big Bang Edition

Whenever you talk to someone who tries to end an argument by saying, “The science is settled!” just assume he’s an idiot and move on.

You know the Big Bang? That science must be settled, because that’s how the universe came to be, right? I mean, how else could it?

Well, turns out that maybe it didn’t happen:

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

The widely accepted age of the universe, as estimated by general relativity, is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or singularity. Only after this point began to expand in a “Big Bang” did the universe officially begin.

Although the Big Bang singularity arises directly and unavoidably from the mathematics of general relativity, some scientists see it as problematic because the math can explain only what happened immediately after—not at or before—the singularity.

“The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there,” Ahmed Farag Ali at Benha University and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, both in Egypt, told Phys.org.

Ali and coauthor Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end.

What’s the over/under for how long it takes semi-scientifically-literate atheists to shift gears and start using this theory to explain how there couldn’t possibly be a God?

I like how they say it has “no beginning and no end” though. That phrase has a neat ring to it.