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What Is the Big Bounce Theory?

In the big bounce theory, the universe repeatedly expands and contracts into a new "big bang", seesawing back and forth in a massively big-picture timeline.

Josh Universe
Nov 27, 2022
3 min read

In the big bounce theory, the universe repeatedly expands and contracts into a new "big bang", seesawing back and forth in a massively big-picture timeline.

There are a few potential versions of bounce - some that are periodic, others that only bounce once. Some physicists suggest this bounce may be infinite, reinstating the cyclic cosmology first proposed in the 1930s. B795(2019) 666-672 The combination of (non-singular) intervals of ekpyrotic contractions with (non-singular) classical bouncing leads naturally to a new cyclic universe theory, where Hubble parameters, energy density, and temperature periodically swing, but with scale factors growing exponentially from cycle to cycle.

Is the Big Bounce Theory True?

While significant evidence and research supports the Big Bounce Theory, it has not been proven to be the ultimate cause of the origins of the universe.

In a bounce, the Universe collapses to a singularity, where Einstein's gravity theory, General Relativity, breaks down. Eventually, the Universe collapses into the singularity, and bounces start growing again. For instance, Einstein's theory of general relativity predicted that if any large object in space suddenly collapses, it would consume itself, vanishing at a point that is infinitely small and dense, known as a singularity.

Many physicists have studied the Big Bang as an origin emerging from oblivion. The problem with this theory is that it does not explain what existed prior to the Big Bang or what caused it to expand. By far, the most popular theory is inflation, which is the idea that the cosmos expanded in size within the first few seconds of its birth with the bang.

Inflation helps to close the gap between explosions and the uniformity we observe today: Space expanded so quickly that it flattened all of the irregularities that would occur because of quantum effects at the time of the big bang. On the left side of this picture, you can see the very brief moments of inflation, which many physicists think balances the randomized effects of early quantum fluctuations. There is a dense point of an infinite temperature without dimensions called the singularity.

Instead of the Big Bang, the event is thought to have been the Big Bounce, a point in time when the Universe slowly shrinks towards a surprisingly, but not infinitely, small point, bounced back up into an expansion. Each new inflationary period would start with the remains of a previous period of expansion, not with the singularity. An expansion might be followed in the distant future by a collapse, followed by another rebound.

What Robert Brandenberger and Ziwei Wang found is that the contraction of ekpyrotic would allow for all of this to align, which would also match the observations of today.

There are three basic ideas in this model of cycles, which are different from the usual single big bag theory. These models are significant because they can produce an almost scale-invariant spectrum of the Super Hubble density fluctuations, fully compatible with observations from the cosmic microwave background. These bubbles are then closed off from one another, effectively becoming separate universes with their physical laws.

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Read About Different Cosmological Theories:

What Is The Big Rip Theory?
The Big Rip Theory is where the universe matter and space-time itself is being gradually ripped apart as the Universe expands in some time in the future, until there is an infinite distance between particles.
What Is the Big Crunch Theory?
The Big Crunch is a hypothetical scenario for the end of the Universe, in which the expansion of the Universe eventually reverses, and the Universe recollapses on itself.

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