Big bang & center of universe

tivol at tethys.ph.albany.edu tivol at tethys.ph.albany.edu
Tue Jun 21 14:16:14 EST 1994


Daniel Rose asks about constructing a large telescope to observe the original
big bang.  There are several problems: 1) there may be too much crap in the
way (After all, by Sturgeon's Law "90% of everything is crap."), 2) The cen-
ter may be nearby, and thus the big bang's effects have long since dissipa-
ted, 3) Gamow (as I remember) described a situation like an inflating baloon,
but in one more dimension; there is no apparent center of expansion on the
baloon, but every point appears to recede from every other point.  There may
be many other difficulties, e.g. atmosphere, main mirror calibration, etc.

					Yours,

					Bill Tivol



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