Greetings, niners! My latest “Ask a Physicist” column is up: “What really happened right after the big bang?” It’s an exploration of inflation theory, and why we buy it. I should mention that inflation is one of those ideas that is a general consensus amongst physicists, but we’re not wedded to it. People are working on new alternatives all the time. For the moment, though, it seems to be the best explanation of quite a few interesting things about our universe.
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