Big Bang Creation

The universe was very small,
If it had any size at all.
Some say it was a singularity,
But it had infinite density!
A tremendous explosion then arose,
Said Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose.
Einstein's Theory of Relativity
Became time's proclivity.

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

Inflation is the latest truth,
From Physics Professor Alan Guth.
The universe doubled a trillion-trillion X,
In less time that you can cast a hex.
In a trillion-trillionth of a second to be sure,
In time that was not there before!
For the Big Bang was the beginning of time,
And space too, it's called space-time.
Why did gravity not take hold?
It should have, I am told.

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

But with more reading I confess,
There are more laws that I could guess.
The universe has laws that always hold,
Unless it's super-hot or super-cold.
For super-hot has its own set,
And at super-cold they are all wet.
For each one in its sphere applies,
And I am not telling you lies.
Now the universe is dark and super-hot,
And the strong force is all we've got.
Now inflation has run its time,
And now it's a new paradigm!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

After a billionth of a second more,
The weak force can be found for sure.
And the electro-magnetic,
Has come about, oh so quick.
Gravity's the force that cannot be
Unified with the other three.
But Einstein says it's not a force,
And so can't be unified, of course.
For when an object starts to fall,
There is no force there, none at all.
It simply follows a geodesic down,
Until it lands there on the ground.
And then there is a force so great,
A giant crater it does make!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

Quarks and electrons have been made,
And gravity has been swayed.
Protons and neutrons do emerge,
When quarks are cooled enough to merge.
At one second from the bang,
We have neutrinos, I proclaim.
Also from the primordial soup,
Radiation did recoup.
Many scientists are now aching
For an explanation to symmetry breaking.
For without it there cannot be
A universe like the one we see.
For antimatter has lost out,
And normal matter is all about.
For if they were in the same amount,
A giant explosion would blast out!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

After three minutes it has cooled down
To a billion degrees, but don't frown,
For molecules are coming together,
Hydrogen, helium, and lithium forever.
Electrons don't orbit, but don't fret,
The universe has to be cooler yet.
The universe is now opaque,
Three hundred thousand years it will take,
And then transparent it will be,
So light can shine for eternity!
When COBE satellite looks back,
It takes the data and keeps track.
The scientists then will shout,
'The Steady State Theory is ruled out! '
But other theories are out there,
And so they should all beware,
Lest another's math is found to rule,
And brings them all some ridicule!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

Twelve billion years have passed away,
And brought us to the present day,
Where astronomers look at ancient light,
Peering through telescopes in the night.
Edwin Hubble was the first to say,
Most galaxies are moving away.
The conclusion was where he was standing
Was that the universe is expanding.
Two separate teams then made the test
To see when it would come to rest.
But when they had tried everything,
They found it was accelerating!
A dark force has the depravity
To overpower the gravity,
To make the galaxies move apart.
It must have happened near the start.
They say dark energy is positive,
And assign gravity to be negative.
The total that comes out below,
It is a big fat zero!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

Some universe theories are very lame,
And some others are quite insane.
Vilenkin proposed and others insist,
It popped out of a vacuum that didn't exist!
Susskind thinks it's made of projections,
And thinks it has only two dimensions.
Hawking, with his wonderful brain,
Says we may live on a 3-brane.
Juan Maldacena did succeed,
To make Stephen Hawking concede.
String theories number about seven,
With dimensions up to eleven.
Eric Lerner wrote a book,
That made me take another look.
Rivers of electric current flow,
And cause planets' auroras to glow.
Alfven's theory may cause some to fall,
As evidenced by the 'Great Wall.'
Clusters of galaxies set the stage,
Older than the universe's entire age.
Feynman solved one of the mysteries:
The universe has multiple histories!

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

Inflation theories number about fifty,
And none of them is quite so nifty
To answer theories' greatest flaw:
What determined physical law?
Well it was right there in the seed,
Instructions where there was a need,
Programmed by the Master's hand,
In order to produce a land
Where man could grow and face the test.
Those who pass will get His rest.
When quantum theory came to town,
Albert Einstein, he did frown,
He said, 'God does not throw dice.'
Thinking objects can't be twice.
But he was wrong and now I know,
Our free will was the reason so.
Where came the force to make galaxies flee?
God borrowed it from the gravity!
Would a universe just come to be,
With the beauty of super-symmetry?
Physicists, they have their meetings,
With speeches and pleasant greetings.
Some with math and theories bring,
And don't see God's hand in anything.

I don't understand it,
No, I don't.

by Spock the Vegan

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Comments (30)

Well researched & aptly applied in poetic fashion. Gravitational force is a very difficult concept to grasp just as is the conservation of energy. Albert Einstein & Edwin Hubble changed our way of understanding the universe.
Wonderful treatment given to the theory of creation of universe. Moreover, this has been given a scientific temperament. The poem overawes. Thanks. A dark force has the depravity To overpower the gravity, I don't understand it.... No, I don't.
A masterful work! Both informative and witty. Personally, as a former science teacher I find that many theoretical physicists are nothing more than fantasy speculators. It takes less faith for me to believe in than to believe that all the universe once existed as a singularity.. Thanks for the gem. 10++++++++++++
What an amazing write ! ! ! ! I As if I was going in a space journey- - - Universe spinning - - - Literature, science, philosophy - all rolled into one piece- - -Our quest for knowledge about the Universe , so limited, so small - - - - -new theories coming up by scientists every now and then- - - - We understand, yet do not understand. - To quote rom the poem- - A dark force has the depravity To overpower the gravity, To make the galaxies move apart. It must have happened near the start. They say dark energy is positive, And assign gravity to be negative. The total that comes out below, It is a big fat zero! I don't understand it, No, I don't.
Good to meet a fellow Trekkie who is willing to boldly go where no one understands. Roy
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