A Belgian priest named Georges Lemaître first suggested the big bang theory in the 1920s when he theorized that the universe began from a single primordial atom (a readily available concept found in the Zohar and other Kabbalah inspired texts). This means that the big bang theory, from a modernist’s point of view, is only something like 95 years old. With that, I can’t help but ask the following question.
At what point did we stop treating it like a theory and outright start presenting it as a fact?
Last week, something substantial happened in the realm of theoretical physics and modern cosmology as we know it today. But, rather than have me bore you with a long blog post, let’s just let “theoretical” physicist Michio Kaku do a little explaining for us in the following video.
So, is it just me or did we somehow skip that step of proving the theory to be true and just jump right into teaching it as fact? The more you repeat something, the more likely it is to become the truth, I suppose.
Now, I’m no theoretical physicist by any means… but I have to ask, at what point are we creating a conundrum? Apparently gravity is mass attracting mass while at the same time apparently also creating a force that pushes away. It both pushes and pulls at the same time (Hhhmmm… that’s odd). How ironically convenient. I am sure “special relativity” will explain that oxymoron away like it tends to do for just about everything else that contradicts the natural laws of physics. But, before I move on let’s recap the best part of the interview.
Reporter – “So, we are not actually seeing something, or hearing something from outer space?“
Theoretical Kaku – “That’s right.”
I’m sorry, but that is hilarious.
Question: How would the ripple travel at the speed of light? Wouldn’t the ripple being detected travel at a speed relative to the force that created it (the greater the force, the faster the speed)? Then again, we are apparently suggesting that Newton’s third law is being defied in this scenario (something special relativity will explain away once again I’m sure).
Although we didn’t observe it, here is an artist rendering of what we think we would have observed had we observed it.