A new model of cosmology has emerged that supports the theory that the Universe recreates itself every trillion years or so. The cyclic model proposed by Dr. Paul Frampton, Louis J. Rubin Jr. distinguished professor of physics at UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences proposes four parts to the Universe: expansion, turnaround, contraction and bounce.
Although the idea has been around since Socrates, the actual Cosmological model was first proposed as the oscillating universe model, with no beginning or end, as a Big Bang alternative in the 1930s.
The idea was abandoned because the oscillations could not be reconciled with the rules of physics, including the second law of thermodynamics.
Frampton and Baum got around the Big Bang by proposing that, at the turnaround, any remaining entropy is in patches too remote for interaction. Having each “causal patch” become a separate universe allows each universe to contract essentially empty of matter and entropy.
So not only will you have to deal with reruns, but spin-offs too! Of course a lot of this depends on what is actually going on with dark matter and dark energy. Since we still haven’t discover either one (but we do know they are hiding in plain sight), it remains to be seen if our Universe is destined for reruns on a cosmic TV Land scale, or just a one hit wonder. I like the symmetry of the cyclic Universe, but until we have some hard proof, I think we are just like a good story that you already know the ending. That isn’t a bad thing, just ask James Cameron.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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