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Dear John Reid,
I had the pleasure of being at the meeting of Geeveston U3A last Wednesday where
you gave us an interesting talk, mainly about your Online Magazine "Science
If you will recall I spoke briefly to you concerning The Big Bang, and email
correspondence I had with FW of the Anglo/Australian Telescope near
Coonabarabran. He was a guest speaker with Margaret Throsby a year or two ago.
For me, Infinity is a fact - it never began for it is eternal. My question of FW was, what was/is beyond the Big Bang ? There now seems to be some
doubt (as I understand it) there ever was a Big Bang. That however, is beside
the point. It interested me considerably that FW was unable to give me
an answer. I was left with the feeling he thought anything beyond would be
spiritual and there was no factual answer possible. Our correspondence stopped
at this point.
My theory is - until further knowledge is learned - it was simply Infinity which
lay beyond the Big Bang. Simply, our galaxy, our universe sits within Infinity
and beyond is an infinite area requiring further exploration. Full knowledge of
Infinity will never be known because it, in itself, will be infinite. For
humanity, if it exists long enough, that will always be the case.
Thank you for your interesting talk and a great deal of pleasure I had in
From: "John Reid" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, November 26, 2011 08:01
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A couple of ideas:
When I did maths at Uni I learned that mathematicians have no problem with the
infinite and the infinitesimal, viz.: a sequence (of numbers, say) is described
as infinite if for any number, N, another number can be found which is bigger
than N, say N+1 or 2 X N. So the natural numbers (1,2,3,...) are infinite. They
have no boundary; there is no last number.
These are very useful ideas, particularly in
By saying "Infinity is a fact" what you are really saying, in another way, is
that the Universe has no beginning, no end and no spatial boundaries. I believe
this is a better description than the Big Bang idea which conflicts with General
Relativity by proposing a special place in space-time. General Relativity and
the Cosmological Principle imply that there can be no special places in space-time,
If there was no Big Bang we don’t need to try to conceive “before the Big Bang”.
Isn’t that a relief?
Unfortunately the mathematicians then stuffed it up by saying there were
different sorts of infinities - countable infinities and non-countable
infinities and so on. This was done by a guy named Cantor at the beginning of
the 20th century. As a physicist I find this aspect of infinity a bit