SOURCE: Vision Media Productions

December 18, 2007 03:00 ET

Getting Past the Big Bang -- a Special Science and Environment Report

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2007) - The phrase, "Twinkle, twinkle little star... " is almost as familiar as another opening sentence: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Both are indicative of our species' struggle across history to understand the nature of the cosmos. Scientists in the UK and Europe are preparing to launch a new investigation into what happened immediately after the Big Bang -- the event which most scientists believe created the universe -- reports the BBC.

For millennia, we have wondered whether our existence here, on this small planet under the great dome of the sky, is by chance or by purpose. In a Vision Media Special Report, Getting Past the Big Bang, science editor Dan Cloer explores the science of beginnings.

There is not a much bigger question than, "Where did the universe come from?" Since 1929 and Edwin Hubble's calculations showing that galaxies beyond our Milky Way are receding from us at speeds proportional to their distance, the theory of origins called the Big Bang has become the dominant answer to that most fundamental question. From the highest levels of astronomical science to the deepest discussions of the Book of Genesis, the theory pops up in almost any modern account of our beginnings. But giving the event a name simply frames a new question: What happened before the Big Bang?

Articles in this science and environment report offer background to the origin of the Big Bang theory and its rise to dominate almost all scientific discussions of origins today. Interviews with physicists Geoffrey Burbidge and Eric Lerner also provide alternative, opposing views that seek to topple the Big Bang from its iconic pedestal.

A view of the spiritual connection between astronomy and our human yearnings for meaning is presented in an interview with astronomer Nahum Arav.

As the work of astronomers and cosmologists continues, new theories of dark matter and energy gain more prominence. Grand visions from the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope astound us with their chaotic beauty. This Vision Science and Environment report helps bring clarity to the mysteries of the cosmos, its beginnings and our seemingly innate questions regarding all those stars: "How I wonder what you are."

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