The Big Bang: something from nothing? Or what?

I recently watched a video about the Big Bang which explained that maybe the universe all began with nothing, although our brains couldn’t possibly comprehend that because of the way they evolved. But then I thought, maybe the Universe came from something, but that something couldn’t be there without the other. Maybe they are like virtual particles – they suddenly popped into existence. Maybe, instead of that idea (actually, scratch that idea; I’m going with this one), the whole Universe just popped into being, beginning with an explosion. I think it’s our brains’ way of seeing things from cause and effect that is probably hindering us from discovering how the world works, probably.


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Okay, so I’ve decided that I’m quitting this schedule thing every Sunday. I don’t always manage to think of something really interesting in a week’s time; inspiration and ideas only come at certain times because of certain things that happen. Getting out of the house and going somewhere other than school helps me a lot (stimulates creativity), but unfortunately I don’t get to do that very often. I’ll keep my Twitter updated so you’ll know if I’m planning on posting anything or whatever. Oh, and by the way, you should follow me!

The Theory of Everything: movie review

Stephen Hawking is an inspiration to all of us who believe in possibilities; I think this to be true. I was actually inspired to make this blog to share my ideas after reading his book, A Brief History of Time. When I first heard that a movie was to be made based on Stephen’s earlier life, I was ecstatic; after all, I am a fan of his.

The movie and acting was absolutely brilliant, especially [insert SWH actor rl name here], who portrayed Hawking very well. The most enchanting part was the music. You can’t even play real life without music! There is a scene in which Hawking goes to a beautiful performance of lovely classical music. Sadly, he can’t stay for the whole performance because, er… spoilers!

It’s reasonable to assume everyone in the UK knows about Doctor Who, or has heard it mentioned at least once. Continuing off of that..the Doctor Who references were amazing. My favorite one was when Stephen was saying “Exterminate!” with his automated, robotic voice. It was absolutely traumatizing.

The Theory of Everythinghad its up and downs, including parts that are quite sad. I almost cried several times, actually. But then again, there are hilarious scenes such as I stated in the last paragraph.
I loved it.

Why does gravity act like.. gravity?

I was trying to think of something interesting to write about yesterday evening after I came home from band practice. Suddenly, I just happened to think of tapping something and a sound coming from it in the form of a wave, and that gave away to an absolutely wild idea with many, many possibilities. So I wrote down some rough notes and developed my theory, but I’m still not exactly sure how to put it into words. I tried to see if anything was related to it so I would have a foundation for it, but ultimately it stands alone: Gravity is an absolute mystery.

Nobody knows just what exactly dark energy or matter is. While imagining the sound wave after tapping something, I thought: “Gravity. Planets ‘tapping’ each other. Streams of particles that act like waves: light. Matter.” Then I gasped and got really excited. Those are just fragments, really, and you probably have no idea what I’m trying to say, but I will try my hardest to explain my theory.

First of all, all you need to know is what gravity is: I’ll tell about the rest. So I thought, when planets are attracted to each other, is there some kind of light or particle that emits from the connection, but also keeps it connected? I’ve often wondered if there’s another type of wave that we’re just completely missing; and if that wave is in fact some form of dark energy. Perhaps, just for this blog post, I will call this theoretical wave “dark light”. A wonderful name, isn’t it? So when masses (planets, for instance) move through space, do they ripple the area with waves? Do they let off some kind of energy or signal? If there is any energy left behind, you assume there is potential energy. But can energy wait forever? What will it do?

Maybe, this “dark light” is a fundamental particle, a project of something quantum; it could hold all the answers to gravity, which might further lead us into knowledge of why the Universe is even here at all.

The Universe may not be expanding, says astrophysicist

Ever thought: what if the Universe wasn’t expanding? What about the Doppler Effect, then? Well, Theoretical astrophysicist Christof Wetterich says there is a different way as to why we are seeing what the normal effect would do to the affected.

Roger Highfield writes at Telegraph.co.uk,

Because the frequency or “pitch” of light increases with mass, Prof Wetterich argues that masses could have been lower long ago. If they had been constantly increasing, the colours of old galaxies would look red-shifted – and the degree of red shift would depend on how far away they were from Earth. “None of my colleagues has so far found any fault [with this],” Wetterich says.

Prof Wetterich takes the detached, even playful, view that his work marks a change in perspective, with two different views of reality: either the distances between galaxies grow, as in the traditional balloon picture, or the size of atoms shrinks, increasing their mass. Or it’s a complex blend of the two. One benefit of this idea is that he is able to rid physics of the singularity at the start of time, a nasty infinity where the laws of physics break down. Instead, the Big Bang is smeared over the distant past: the first note of the ”cosmic piano’’ was long and low-pitched.
Harry Cliff, a physicist working at CERN who is the Science Museum’s fellow of modern science, thinks it striking that a universe where particles are getting heavier could look identical to one where space/time is expanding. “Finding two different ways of thinking about the same problem often leads to new insights,” he says. “String theory, for instance, is full of ‘dualities’ like this, which allow theorists to pick whichever view makes their calculations simpler.”

This theory looks like it works just as much as the idea that the Universe is expanding, but will probably help us to look at things, like dark energy, with a different perspective, which is definitely what we need. Some of us desire to learn and learn and soak in as many skills and knowledge as possible… *ahem* like me. It’s a type of personality. In the end, I truly hope we end up discovering something new from this theory.