The Origin of the Universe

I love it when scientists try to answer questions that previously seemed unanswerable…

Maybe they’ll succeed and figure things out. Maybe they’ll fail. But they are trying, and to me that is more important than whether or not they succeed.

[Originally posted at: Scientific American]

The Origin of the Universe

Cosmologists are closing in on the ultimate processes that created and shaped the universe

By Michael S. Turner

Key Concepts

  • Our universe began with a hot big bang 13.7 billion years ago and has expanded and cooled ever since. It has evolved from a formless soup of elementary particles into the richly structured cosmos of today.
  • The first microsecond was the formative period when matter came to dominate over
    antimatter, the seeds for galaxies and other structures were planted, and dark matter (the unidentified material that holds those structures together) was created.
  • The future of the universe lies in the hands of dark energy, an unknown form of energy that caused cosmic expansion to begin accelerating a few billion years ago.

[Read the rest of this post at: Scientific American]

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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