New Theory Challenges Big Bang Theory for Formation of the UniverseCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: September 7, 2012 06:50AM
For probably as long as humans have been aware that they exist in the Universe, they have questioned and postulated how it was created. For almost as long, there has probably also been conflicting theories of this, with some occasionally dominating over the others. The current dominate theory is the Big Bang theory, but researchers at the University of Melbourne have developed Quantum Graphity which challenges the Big Bang theory and really how we view the Universe itself.
When developing his theories of relativity, Einstein assumed that the Universe was continuous and smooth in its structure. Basically that it was like a smooth concrete road instead of brick or cobblestone. Quantum Graphity challenges that assumption and suggests the Universe is instead made of small quantized units. Detecting these units is difficult though, as they are incredibly small, but the researchers have an idea for how to test the theory.
The researchers view the early Universe as a liquid, which over time cools and crystallizes. When crystals form though, cracks appear in their structure, and the researchers believe these cracks should affect light. Already they have started predicting how these cracks would affect light traveling through them and next they want to experimentally verify them.