Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking: The Beginning of Time

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That’s going to be a bit tricky now.

A week ago: Stephen Hawking knows what happened before the Big Bang

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking definitively answered one of humankind’s grandest questions — What was around before the Big Bang?

“Nothing was around,” Hawking told astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his show StarTalk.

Saying he uses a “Euclidean approach to quantum gravity to describe the beginning of the universe,” Hawking goes deep into what that actually means. A degree in astrophysics will help you understand, but he makes a concise point about the Big Bang, which happened nearly 14 billion years ago.

“The Euclidean space-time is a closed surface without end, like the surface of the Earth. One can regard imaginary and real time as beginning at the South Pole, which is a smooth point of space-time where the normal laws of physics hold. There is nothing south of the South Pole so there was nothing around before the Big Bang.”

I need a bit more than that to convince me, but I don’t have a degree in astrophysics.

17 Comments

  1. Kevin

     /  March 15, 2018

    The answer to the question what was before the Big Bang is nothing. As in literally nothing. Not even time. If you’re imagining a massive void then that’s something and not nothing. Difficult concept to get your head around, I know.

  2. Blazer

     /  March 15, 2018

    before the Big Bang…was the Big Foreplay….quantum physics…who needs ..it.

  3. sorethumb

     /  March 15, 2018

    I noticed a pervasive political correctness in listening to comments, and Hawkings comments on Brexit. On RNZ one said “the next big insight may come from ….. Africa….?” David Wiltshire answers the Guyon with “moreana Guyon “. One discovers which way the grain runs and it is costless to go with the grain (when you are an elite).

  4. Zedd

     /  March 15, 2018

    Whilst I respect Prof. Hawking’s contribution to broader human knowledge, on the nature of the Universe; He & others still cant get past the tag ‘Theoretical Physics’ (unproven by direct evidence).
    I used to be agnostic.. BUT in regard to ‘where did the universe all come from ?’ (the ‘singluarity’ that exploded at the ‘Big Bang’) I now consider the answer I wrote above.. 🙂

    • Zedd

       /  March 15, 2018

      Rest in Peace.. Prof.

      • Gezza

         /  March 15, 2018

        It’s possible that the universe had a creator. Impossible that it was Allah, Jaweh or The Trinity.

        • Zedd

           /  March 15, 2018

          @Gezza

          anything is indeed possible.. even an all-knowing creator ‘God’ ?
          maybe one day, soon.. we will actually find out; ‘The day of the Lord is coming.. as a thief in the night’ ?? 🙂

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 15, 2018

    I suspect these conclusions come from mathematics rather than physics whose role seems to be supporting the application and relevance of the mathematics. But we don’t know if the mathematics has more dimensions and aspects than we are aware of.