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Beginning of the Universe – Tyler

February 10, 2012


“What is the origin of the universe?” is one of the world’s most frustrating, and complicated questions.  In fact many scientists throughout the past few centuries have devoted their life to answering this question to the best of their abilities.  Yet even before the scientists of today, people have been asking the same question.  From the Mesopotamian Era, to the Greek people and the Romans, everyone has been struggling to prove the true origin of the universe.  Billions of minds throughout the ages have pondered the answer to the greatest question ever conceived.  That is to say that there have been hundreds of thousands of opinions on the matter, creating patchwork ideas that ultimately divide us.  A battle of knowledge has raged on this single question for millennia, which you may recognise as Religion vs. Science, Creationism vs. Evolution, The Almighty vs. The Big Bang, My Religion vs. Your Religion, and Jonathan Z. vs. Jen S.  The actions people have taken are in some cases are absolutely absurd.  For example in 1928 the United States Government gave a six million dollar grant to build the Palomar Observatory, and more notably the once largest telescope on the planet, the 200 inch Hale telescope.  With uttermost perfect building conditions in California’s wildlife and only a single forge in the country that could complete the mirror, scientists were stretching the limits of physical technology.  Yet the Hale telescope was rumored to not only reveal more information than ever before on the cosmos, but even possibly reveal the origin of the universe and god himself.  People were outraged by the fact that the government and scientists were working towards disproving the age old theory of Creationism, and the people of course took action.  The solid glass and aluminum coated optical lens had to be shipped across the entire country from New York’s great forge to the Californian build site, and there was only one form of transportation in existence that could handle a lens of such mass, the railroad.  The lens itself was a once in a life time opportunity and the idea of forging a replacement would be impossible.  Sure enough the religious had guns and ammo and were prepared to shoot the lens to rubble, so the government had a custom rail car and bulletproof casing fitted to transport it safely.  Sure enough snipers lined up from coast to coast to take pot shots at scientific progress with no luck, and in 1949 the world saw its first quasar.  Progress had been sparked by both the Hale telescope, and the cold war talent show between the United States and the Soviet Union.  Soon enough the Russian people had a telescope known as the BTA-6, and sure enough it was bigger!  Yet in the end everyone benefited from the knowledge these constructions brought us.  New theories were sparked such as the “Big Bang Theory”, which argued that the universe was at one time a singularity and that a surge of energy caused it to ever expand.  Another idea known as “Steady State Theory” suggested that the universe may be expanding, but with new matter being created instead of harnessing energy.  Who has the correct answer?  Well that depends on what you believe “correct” to be.  All these theory’s have proof behind them and are definitely plausible; however none of them are truly correct.  If you ask Jonathan he will logically and convincingly tell you that beyond the universe exists “god” in whatever form he may be, and that “god” sparked the big bang.  He of course is probably wrong.  Jen will tell you that the time before the big bang is completely unknown, but that logically there isn’t some almighty bearded being with a large golden halo above its head, no matter how cool the idea would be.  Who’s right?  Well no one is, and that’s the problem.  This is the mystery beyond our comprehension.     The point is that at this time we haven’t progressed to a technological level to be solving this question.  When we’re visiting distant galaxies like George Lucas does in his dreams maybe we have a shot.  For now let’s just get a telescope the size of the Keck Observatory in orbit and we’ll go from there.  For now the question on the origin of the universe serves any purpose except being answered.  People fight around the world on such trivial questions like this, when they would be much better used in a peaceful debate.  For now I suggest that the world keeps trying to solve this problem, but hey, don’t be going shooting other peoples telescope lenses with sniper rifles.  At this point in time I enjoy the fact that there are still questions to answer, and still Nobel Prizes to award to those who answer them.

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