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New Quantum Theory Suggests The Big Bang Didn't Actually Happen

The term "Big Bang" was created by Fred Hoyle, and astrophysicist, as a way to mock the theory that the universe was created in an unimaginably huge explosion. But even though it mocked the theory, it became the popular descriptor for it, and many assume the big bang theory to be fact. But two physicists think that the big bang may not have actually happened.

"The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there," says Dr. Ahmed Farag Ali of Benha University, Egypt.

Working with Professor Saurya Das of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, Ali has created a set of equations that describe the universe without a beginning or end, as Hoyle originally predicted. Their work has been published in Physics Letters B, while a follow-up paper by Das and Rajat Bhaduri of Manchester University, Canada, is awaiting publication.

Ali and Das point out that they aren't seeking a preordained outcome and haven't adjusted their work to specifically remove the big bang as a factor.

Instead, they connected quantum mechanics with general relativity and found that when using Bohm's work to make quantum corrections to Rachaudhuri's equations, they found a universe that was once much smaller, but never a point of infinite density. So no big bang.

Das and Ali's model resolves a number of problems with the dominant big bang model, but more elaboration and research is needed to test whether it may prompt its own set of problems.

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