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p. 1289. The new Voidlocked

  • Frank Close

Abstract

Today, modern physics suggests that it is possible that the universe could have emerged out of the vacuum. The idea is that our universe could be a gigantic quantum fluctuation with total ‘virtual’ energy so near to zero that its lifetime can be huge — something made possible by negative potential energies associated with attractive forces. ‘The new Void’ examines the inflation theory for the origins of the universe, as well as the possibility of ‘higher dimensions’ beyond the four that we are familiar with, and considers the explanations proposed for what happened ‘before’ the Big Bang.

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