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Shrubs asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 8 years ago

Can something exist in nothing?

I mean, if the Big Bang Theory is true, then wouldn't there be a point where absolute nothingness turned into space? The concept of particles existing in nothingness - nothingness where no abyss, no color, not even a concept exists. Would it be even possible for those particles to exist in absolute nothingness?


**The single mass particle that existed would have to exist in something at some point and wouldn't that be nothingness?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Quantum mechanics shows that "nothing," as a philosophical concept, does not exist. There is always a quantum field with random fluctuations.

    It used to be that science couldn't answer the question about the origin of the universe or of the Big Bang, but that didn't mean we should make up an answer (such as a god) and say that it was the cause. Within the last few decades scientists have discovered some good answers. Of course, a scientific explanation is more complex than simply saying, "God did it."

    There are many well-respected physicists, such as Stephen Hawking, Lawrence Krauss, Sean M. Carroll, Victor Stenger, Michio Kaku, Alan Guth, Alex Vilenkin, Robert A.J. Matthews, and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, who have created scientific models where the Big Bang and thus the entire universe could arise from nothing but a random quantum vacuum fluctuation in the quantum field -- via natural processes.

    In relativity, gravity is negative energy, and matter and photons are positive energy. Because negative and positive energy seem to be equal in absolute total value, our observable universe appears balanced to the sum of zero. Our universe could thus have come into existence without violating conservation of mass and energy — with the matter of the universe condensing out of the positive energy as the universe cooled, and gravity created from the negative energy. When energy condenses into matter, equal parts of matter and antimatter are created — which annihilate each other to form energy. However there is a slight imbalance to the process, which results in matter dominating over antimatter.

    I know that this doesn't make sense in our Newtonian experience, but it does in the realm of quantum mechanics and relativity. As Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman wrote, "The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as she is — absurd."

    For more, watch the video at the 1st link - "A Universe From Nothing" by theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, read an interview with him (at the 2nd link), get his new book (at the 3rd link), or read an excerpt from his book (at the 4th link).


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    8 years ago

    scientists don't know! they have "theories" factual evidence where we came from! the big bang is just a theory that most believe is the logical thing to believe in and are society believes in "Logic"... In my own opnion I believe are universe is like brain, it all started as a thought by "God" or a higher power and we were created by that thought, and we have the same ability in are own minds to "think" :) every invention comes from an idea and I think that's gotta mean something ... we create ideas out of nothing, and so far the impossible is becoming reality!

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