Did the universe have a beginning?
I recently watched this video by esteemed cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin on the origin of the universe. I must confess that I didn’t quite understand a whole lot at times – my cosmology is a little rusty! Yet I found his conclusion most interesting. He poses the question, ‘Did the universe have a beginning?’ and answers it: ‘probably yes’.
I post this as there was some debate on this blog a while back about the physics of the origin of the universe. It seems that according to Vilenkin the universe was not eternal – it had a beginning.
Now there are many who claim that this is ‘evidence’ for God – Vilenkin himself is not convinced and distances himself from divine creation in this interview. I’m not going to go enter into that debate in this post. However, I would simply say that that Vilenkin’s conclusions do inform the discussion stimulated by this post last year.