The only people who absolutely disagree are, well, scientists. They need to get over themselves and join the fun.
By Jason Kehe, Mar 9, 2022 7:00 AM
The best theory physicists have for the birth of the universe makes no sense.
It goes like this: In the beginning—the very, if not quite veriest, beginning—there’s something called quantum foam. It’s barely there, and can’t even be said to occupy space, because there’s no such thing as space yet.
Or time. So even though it’s seething, bubbling, fluctuating, as foam tends to do, it’s not doing so in any kind of this-before-that temporal order.
It just is, all at once, indeterminate and undisturbed. Until it isn’t.
Something goes pop in precisely the right way, and out of that infinitesimally small pocket of instability, the entire universe bangs bigly into being. Instantly. Like, at a whoosh far exceeding the speed of light.