1. General Term: Singularity
Singularity The singularity (in Big Bang cosmology ) is the point at which time goes to
zero and values such as the density of the universe go to infinity, so that the
laws of physics no longer hold. See is the Big Bang a moment of
2. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Many-Universes Models
assumption that, while the singularity randomizes the laws and
constants of nature, it leaves the geometry of spacetime untouched. If, as
seems reasonable, passage through a singularity also affects the geometry of
the universe, we should expect
3. General Term: Big Bang Cosmology
to as an essential singularity. In the
1960s, Stephen Hawking , Roger Penrose, and Robert Geroch proved key theorems
which showed that the existence of an essential singularity, t=0, given Einsteins
GR, was unavoidable.
4. God, Humanity and the Cosmos Topic: Is the Big Bang a Moment of Creation?
the Big Bang itself is a
singularity - a point at which our laws of physics break down. In itself, this
does not imply an absolute beginning. Nevertheless, it is tempting to read the
Big Bang as having theological significance. After all, it
5. Technology Topic: Can Nanotech in our Brains Make us Smarter?
of such an event the
"Singularity." The idea of this singularity implies an impact upon
our world that could exceed that of any other foreseeable technological
advance, says the Accelerating Futures group.
6. General Term: Inflationary Big Bang Cosmology
whether or not an
essential singularity exists, even if it does. Recently, attempts have been made
to unify quantum physics and gravity and apply the results to cosmology.
Proposals by Hawking and Hartle, Linde , Isham , Guth, Hawking and Turek,
7. Physics Topic: Big Bang Cosmology and Creation Theology
finite past but no past singularity
at "t=0;" the universe is temporally past finite but
unbounded. If we had too narrowly reduced the theological meaning
of creation to the occurrence of "t=0" in standard cosmology
8. Physics Topic: General Relativity
an "essential singularity ." Still it is a highly
curious feature of science to predicate of the universe a beginning,
an event which is the cause of future events, but not the effect
of previous causes.
9. Science and Religion Topic: Stephen Meyer: The New Cosmology: Theistic Impl...
may eliminate the
Not Necessary, But Sufficient
A temporal beginning may not be necessary to support theistic
10. Divine Action Topic: Berry, Michael. Chaos and the Semiclassical Limit...
as h _ 0 due to the singularity in the quantum treatment. But
in the geometrical-optics form of classical physics (where the wave-like nature
of light is ignored) there are no fringes, only the simple addition of two
light sources. To