Exploring the Containment of Our Universe: The Ultimate Mystery

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In summary, the conversation discusses the concept of what the universe is contained in and the possibility of knowing about it. The conclusion is that the universe is not contained in anything and its curvature is intrinsic. It is also suggested that the universe is all there is and the concept of expansion is explained through the "no boundary condition" and Stephen Hawking's explanation of a finite but unbounded universe.
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It's been on my mind lately. Do we have any idea of what our universe is contained in? Whats containing it even?


Is this question silly and not possible to know about??
 
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Do we have any idea of what our universe is contained in? Whats containing it even?

Hi Sorry! :smile:

It's not contained in anything.

Its curvature is intrinsic.

If it's an n-dimensional universe, then it's not contained in an (n+1)-dimensional universe (or higher) …

the universe is all there is. :wink:
 
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So then how can it continue to expand? Wouldn't it need to get 'bigger' in order to keep expanding?
 
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Google on the 'no boundary condition'. Stephen Hawking provides a plausible explanation for a universe that is finite, but, unbounded.
 
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ok thanks chronos
 

1. What is the current understanding of the containment of our universe?

The current understanding is that our universe is expanding, but it is not contained within anything. The concept of containment suggests that there is something outside of the universe that is holding it together or limiting its growth, but there is no evidence to support this idea.

2. How do scientists study the containment of our universe?

Scientists study the containment of our universe by observing the behavior of galaxies and other celestial objects. They also use mathematical models and theories, such as general relativity, to understand the structure and evolution of the universe.

3. Is there a limit to the size of our universe?

There is currently no evidence to suggest that our universe has a limit in size. In fact, the expansion of the universe suggests that it may be infinite in size. However, our ability to observe the universe is limited, so it is possible that there are areas beyond our current understanding.

4. What role do black holes play in the containment of our universe?

Black holes do not play a direct role in the containment of our universe. They are objects with such strong gravitational pull that they can trap light, making them invisible to traditional telescopes. While they may seem mysterious, they are a natural part of the universe and do not limit its growth or expansion.

5. Are there any theories about the containment of our universe?

There have been various theories proposed about the containment of our universe, such as the concept of a multiverse or the idea of a cosmic egg that contains our universe. However, these are purely speculative and have not been supported by scientific evidence. As of now, the most widely accepted understanding is that our universe is not contained within anything.

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