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I am a third grader thinking about the big-bang theory. Can anyone help me understand what caused the big bang?????


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Nobody knows. There is one theory, called "inflation" that suggests it was caused by a quantum mechanical "fluctuation" in an older background universe that raised the energy of a very tiny portion in such a way that that portion just grew and grew and grew in size (inflationary expansion). There are other theories that are associated with black-hole formation in pre-existing universes. And of course there's the anthropic principle: if we weren't here, then in all probability the universe would look very different.

A Smith



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