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Hartle-Hawking state

  1. Jun 25, 2014 #1
    "Hartle and Hawking suggest that if we could travel backward in time toward the beginning of the universe, we would note that quite near what might have otherwise been the beginning, time gives way to space such that at first there is only space and no time. " -Wikipedia
    Does this mean that matter came into existence before time did?
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  3. Jun 25, 2014 #2


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    No, it is only saying that space appears prior to time.

    And only in this particular theoretical system!
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