Back when I was finishing high school in Lewisporte , Newfoundland , I suddenly had this idea. What If there was no beginning? I was so excited by this idea that I dropped into a neighbour’s house on my way hope that evening and explained what had just been thinking. The neighbour was a more ‘enlightened soul’ and did not kick me out of his house but engaged me in the thought.
Of course, many over the centuries have entertained the idea but for me it was new concept and I was energized. Here it is again:
‘What If There Was No Big Bang & We Live In An Ever-Cycling Universe?
From the website Principal Scientifica
Published on August 19, 2019
Written by New Scientist
PSI Editor: Astronomical heresy from – of all places – New Scientist! The following article will be welcomed by skeptics as it further reveals cracks are deepening in the accepted narrative of modern cosmology:
REFLECTING on the question of what God was doing before creation, Saint Augustine is said to have quipped: “He was preparing hell for those who pry into mysteries.” Apparently the idea of hell doesn’t scare today’s scientists. As a matter of fact, many of us are trying to understand how our universe came to be.
You might think that the universe started with a big bang. Ten years ago, that is what I thought too. But then I came to realise that the issue is far from settled. Pursuing this question prompted me to change the tack of my career and become a cosmologist, even though I had just completed a PhD in the philosophy of quantum physics. What I have discovered since then supports a radically new response to the question that irked Augustine – what came before the beginning?
The answer, thrillingly, may be that there never was a big bang, but instead a universe with no beginning or end, repeatedly bouncing from an epoch of contraction to expansion, and back again.
In the 1920s, the Russian physicist Alexander Friedmann and the Belgian priest and astronomer George Lemaître independently proposed that the universe was expanding. Extrapolating backwards in time, Lemaître reasoned that it ought to have started off as a small “primeval atom”. When Edwin Hubble provided compelling empirical evidence in favour of cosmic expansion based on his observation of the motions of distant galaxies, the case was settled. The expansion theory implied that the cold, vast universe we see today had once been a tiny, hot patch …