Stephen Hawking has revealed his answer to one of society's most mind-boggling questions during a chat with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star Talk.
What was before the Big Bang, which is considered the birth of the Universe?
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Hawking stated that time was likely in a bent state, located in the nearly infinitely small quantum foam of the singularity before the big event occurred, noting that time was distorted, approaching closer to nothingness, but never becoming nothing.
"There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the big bang". Confused? Physicist Stephen Hawking might have an answer.
"The Euclidian space-time is a closed surface without end like the surface of the Earth". For him, the imaginary time works like a fourth direction of Space.
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Mr Tyson asked: "What was around before the big bang?". If the Big Bang occurred due to the explosion of something then what was that and where that thing came from? "It was always reaching closer to nothing but didn't become nothing", he said. "As you move back in time, for you, the universe shrinks". This implies that there was absolutely "nothing" before the Big Bang which could give an output of "something" from "nothing" which never existed. Inside this extremely small, solid, dense speck of warmth and energy the laws of physics and time as we know them, cease to function.
During one of his lectures, Hawking had stated that there are no observable consequences from what occurred before the Big Bang.
The universe we know today is unexplainable, something that started off as a small, single-atom sized singularity13.8 billion years ago and has been expanding ever since.
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It's one of the biggest brainteasers out there: If the Big Bang made all that we think about, what the heck was around before the big bang? His theory lies upon the assumption that the universe has no boundaries, the Xinhua reported late on Sunday.