“Both the solutions must be rejected, and as these are the only statical solutions of the equations… the true solution represented in nature must be a dynamical solution.” -Willem de Sitter
First off, welcome, everyone! As you well know, the main Starts With A Bang blog has moved to Medium, something that’s received mixed reviews from you, my longtime and most loyal of readers. Some people love the new layout, the larger images, and the ad-free experience, while others really miss the commenting features, the community we have here, and the ability to say whatever you like without a Twitter account.
Well, have I got some news for you: from today on, I’ve reached an agreement with both Medium and Scienceblogs, and new posts will continue at Medium, but for every new one posted there, I’ll be posting a link to and a synopsis here, where you’ll be able to comment and interact exactly as you’re used to! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the biggest question of all!
Imagine, if you will, that our Earth wasn’t like the Earth we’re used to in only one important way.
Rather than our atmosphere, where clouds may block light temporarily, but the heavens above are clearly visible on a pristine night, we had a view more akin to what someone who dwelled on Venus, Titan, or any of the gas giants would have: permanent cloud cover.
Imagine, if you will, that we still knew all the physics we presently know, but that we had never seen the stars, the night sky, or a deep view of the Universe. If suddenly, for the first time but without thousands of years of astronomical experience, we had access to those sights, would we be able to figure out where the entire Universe came from?
Would we arrive at the conclusion that the Universe started with the Big Bang? Or would other options seem just as plausible?
Go read the whole thing at Medium, and then weigh in below! (And I hope you like the new system!)