“The Universe Should Not Have Lasted for More than a Second”: The limitations of scientific theories

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Stan Hummel called my attention to, and asked for my thoughts on this article: Big Bang Theory Challenged –“The Universe Should Not Have Lasted for More than a Second”.

British cosmologists are puzzled: they predict that the universe should not have lasted for more than a second. This startling conclusion is the result of combining the latest observations of the sky with the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. according to Robert Hogan of King’s College London (KCL), who will present the new research today, 24 June at the Royal Astronomical Society‘s National Astronomy Meeting.

In the new research, scientists from KCL have investigated what the BICEP2 observations mean for the stability of the Universe. To do this, they combined the results with recent advances in particle physics. The detection of the Higgs boson by the Large Hadron Collider was announced in July 2012; since then…

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