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Could the universe be a big ripple?

  1. May 21, 2013 #1
    So two of the theories of the universe are the big rip and the big crunch or bounce. Big crunch being expansion of the universe stops, then the universe implodes on itself creating another big bang in a series of bounces going from expansion to contraction. The big rip theory (the most popular) being the universe continues to expand and entropy wins, the star's eventually stop forming 10^14 years from now, All remnants of stars die 10^20 years from now, the black holes dissipate and eventually all that's left in the universe is the dark era where all that's left is photons 10^100 years from now.

    My question is could the universe be a big ripple that starts again after the universe has suffered heat death? One hypothesis (or dumbed down explanations for those of us who don't have Ph.D.'s in physics) for the creation of the big bang is that the universe arose out of nothing because nothing itself is unstable. So is it possible that after the heat death of the universe when all that's left is low energy photons travelling for inconceivable periods of time, the ridiculously low probability event of all those photons in the universe converge on a single point and starting this whole universe business over again?

    Something like Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question," http://filer.case.edu/dts8/thelastq.htm
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