Archived Blog Post: January 4, 2002

The Big Bang burger bar - "The Judeo-Christian creation myth begins with a void - that is, with empty space. The modern theory does not even go that far. According to the version of that theory put forward by Andrei Linde of Stanford University and Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts, it begins with nothing whatsoever, not even space itself. That is a difficult idea to grasp, made even more difficult by the fact that it requires the sum total of the stuff in the universe to be nothing as well. Obviously this raises a problem, since observation suggests that the universe does actually contain things. But the problem is not insuperable." - note the seven other articles in the survey, listed in the right-hand sidebar.