Stephen Hawking: “The Universe Before the Big Bang” –LISTEN StarTalk Radio

 
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Stephen Hawking tells Neil deGrasse Tyson what came before the Big Bang. Was there anything there? Was there nothing there? Was there even a there there? Hawking offered a simple and direct answer. "Nothing was around before the Big, Big Bang," Hawking said.

 

 

In essence, the curved surface that is space-time can be compared with our planet. "One can regard imaginary and real time as beginning at the South Pole, which is a smooth point of space-time where the normal laws of physics hold. There is nothing south of the South Pole, so there was nothing around before the Big Bang," Hawking said.

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