I'm certainly no scientist, but I've always had an interest in Physics & Astronomy, so I read a bit here and there, watch primarily science shows on TV etc...Just an interest. I was wondering though, and figured on a site called "Physics Forums" there may be a physicist or two running around here that could clear something up for me. Every time I hear of ideas about the big bang, I never hear of one that, to my scientifically untrained mind, just makes sense; why couldn't the big bang just be an event that happens over and over again as a result of black holes being formed, "eating" everything (including each other), then collapsing in on itself (once only one remains) and POOF, another big bang? Haven't we pretty much come to the conclusion at this point that black holes are likely at the center of every galaxy? If so, wouldn't that mean that they are consuming their galaxies? So, you get the bang, nebula(s) & stars form, then some stars collapse creating black holes, other stars/systems begin to orbit them and form galaxies. The black holes at the center of those galaxies eventually consume the entire galaxy and through gravity and time (obviously, a LOT of time) eventually the only things left are black holes that collide / consume each other etc until just one remains and the "weight" of all matter in the universe (which would remain constant through every "bang", expansion/collapse phase) is just enough to cause the last super massive black hole to collapse in on itself and BANG, another big bang. Repeat. Why not? Why couldn't this process occur over hundreds of billions or even trillions of years time?