Big Picture Science – Before the Big Bang

by Gary Niederhoff on December 17, 2012

It’s one of the biggest questions you can ask: has the universe existed forever? The Big Bang is supposedly the moment it all began. But now scientists wonder if there isn’t an earlier chapter to our origin story. And maybe chapters before that! What happened before the Big Bang? It’s the ultimate prequel.

Plus – the Big Bang as scientific story: nail biter or snoozer?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: The Big Bang: An Introduction
Part 2: Sean Carroll and Cosmic Microwave Background
Part 3: Simon Steele on the origin of the Big Bang Theory
Part 4: Sean Carroll on the Higgs Boson
Part 5: Andrei Linde on Alternative Origin Theories
Part 6: Jonathan Gottschall on the Story of the Universe
Part 7: Marcus Chown on the Difficutly in Determining the Origin of the Universe

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