Register to reply 
Big Bang singularity vs Black hole singularity 
Share this thread: 
#1
Feb313, 11:55 AM

P: 4

One speaks of the Big Bang initial condition as a singularity possessing an extremely low entropy (to explain the growth of entropy throughout time to our present stage of the universe). If that singularity truly possesses infinite density, that would make perfect sense, since what would become subatomic particles later can have no meaningful individuality within the BB singularity when the density state is infinite. To my way of thinking the infinite density would demand some kind of amorphous 'blob' of matter/energy in a continuous rather than discrete form. To speak of micro states in this condition would have no meaning, since the blob can only exist in one micro/macro state. So far, so good (for me).
Assuming black holes also exist as a singularity at its 'heart,' the same condition found in the BB singularity, namely infinite density, would also require the same kind of 'one micro/macro state for the black hole's singularity. I say this not knowing if the BB singularity is identical to the black hole's singularity. If 'you've seen one singularity, you've seen 'em all' is true, why then do we believe that the entropy is in its highest form for the black hole, just the opposite of the BB's singularity? Since I do not know for sure if a singularity has true infinite density I may be wrong in that assumption. 


#2
Feb313, 01:03 PM

Sci Advisor
P: 5,451

Geometrically these singularities are different.



#3
Feb413, 11:57 AM

Emeritus
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
P: 5,597

[EDIT] In addition, a black hole singularity has an event horizon, and the way an event horizon is normally defined doesn't really make sense if you try to apply it to a cosmological spacetime. The following FAQ is relevant: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=506992 


#4
Feb413, 02:25 PM

P: 5,632

Big Bang singularity vs Black hole singularity
quant posts:
One big difference is that a BH singularity is collapsed massenergy while the BB singularity is collapsed everything, even spacetime. The BB never became a black hole due to gravitational attraction; apparently it did the opposite due to some repulsive phenomenon. Here are some descriptions I have saved trying to understand different viewpoints: From THE NATURE OF SPACE AND TIME, Hawking,Penrose: [QUOTE] Penrose observes that (in my possibly inaccurate paraphrase): (1) The Big Bang was not a generic state. A generic Big Bang state would have had a large Weyl curvature, but the universe we see looks nothing like the one that would have resulted from such an initial state. Our Big Bang appears to have had a small or even vanishing Weyl curvature. (2) The evolution of our universe has led to a state with nonvanishing Weyl curvature. (At black hole singularities, we even have diverging Weyl curvature.) from Roger Penrose THE ROAD TO REALITY....PG 766: A Quantum Gravity Extension of the Inflationary Scenario Ivan Agullo, Abhay Ashtekar, William Nelson (Submitted on 7 Sep 2012) http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.1609 


#5
Feb413, 02:39 PM

Emeritus
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
P: 5,597




#6
Feb413, 02:44 PM

Sci Advisor
P: 3,593

Isn't this related to Glenn Miller compactification :)



#7
Feb413, 03:07 PM

P: 4

Thank you all who replied to my initial post. Your observations, comments and citings were as fascinating and insightful as one would expect from such talented minds!



#8
Feb413, 03:25 PM

P: 5,632

[QUOTE]Quote by Naty1
One big difference is that a BH singularity is collapsed massenergy while the BB singularity is collapsed everything, even spacetime. bcrowell: I don't think this is really a correct distinction. Both are collapsed everything. [well, you LOOK 'uncollapsed!!] [LOL] Note to Marcus: Look what YOU did....got me in trouble with crowell!! [LOL] I was referring only to the initial bang....not the subsequent inflation.....such an initial repulsive force seems an aspect of quantum cosmology....maybe even keeps collapse finite.... 


#9
Feb513, 09:53 AM

Sci Advisor
Thanks
P: 4,160

In addition to which, a black hole singularity and the big bang singularity have different symmetries. Near a black hole singularity, spacetime is cylindrically symmetric, collapsing in the radial directions and expanding along the axis.



#10
Feb513, 10:25 AM

P: 5,632

Quote by Naty1
this issue a bit more. Of course maybe it's just terminology. Marcus actually made such a post [I saved it] and I liked it because it matched my understanding that when an inertial observer free falls towards a black hole, time and space are normal as the observer passes the Schwarzschild radius, r= 2M.....the event horizon.....so it seems space and time exist inside the horizon and only as the observer reaches near the singularity do space and time and everything else appear to be squished into a 'quantum foam'...an apparent 'singularity' if you wish. So where am I going wrong here?? Is there a more refined description? 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
Whats the difference between t=0 singularity and the singularity in a black hole ?  Cosmology  5  
Black hole singularity  Astronomy & Astrophysics  35  
What is singularity? [Black Hole ]  Astronomy & Astrophysics  15  
Singularity of a black hole  Special & General Relativity  0  
Singularity of a black hole  Astronomy & Astrophysics  1 