A team of physicists are now hypothesizing that the big bang may not have been the beginning of the universe. They believe that the big bang is instead the start of a phase change, like liquid water suddenly cooling to form solid ice.
The theory gets really interesting as the physicists discuss potential cracks in the universe like the cracks that form in actual ice. One of the researchers, Quach, explained that the universe can be thought of
as being like a liquid, then as the universe cools, it ‘crystallises’ into the three spatial and one time dimension that we see today. Theorized this way, as the universe cools, we would expect that cracks should form, similar to the way cracks are formed when water freezes into ice.
The theory postulates that space and time are emerging properties of the universe that did not always exist. The theory’s math holds up, but even if the physicists do find the ‘cracks’ only time will tell whether the theory is even partially correct. A whole lot of time. And by that time a wholly other set of properties may emerge making the notion of time moot.
As for now, it’s certainly fun to consider.
Isn’t mystery just awesome?