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Here's What the Big Bang Probably Sounded Like


Science & Tech  (tags: The Big Bang, sound, sound simulation, physicist John Cramer, University of Washington, cosmic microwave background, (CMB) )

Judy
- 651 days ago - theweek.com
Theoretical question time! If a universe suddenly explodes into existence, does it make a sound? The answer: Yes, of course it does silly, at least according to University of Washington physicist John Cramer who has created a simulation...



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Kit B. (276)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:18 pm

That is one weird sound concoction he decide to use. I guess no one can say if he right or wrong. Of course, if no one is there to interpret the sound, what then would it be called?
 

Betsy Bee (1017)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:22 pm
One weird sound. Total agreement with Kit.
 

David C. (29)
Friday April 19, 2013, 11:21 pm
does it make a sound? No as you need air to hear it exploded and there in no air in space.
 

Gloria picchetti (301)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:27 am
Bang schmang. It means little to me unless it pays the bills.
 

Judy C. (102)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:52 pm
I thought this was an interesting idea. There's no air in space, David, true. That's what I thought second, after first briefly thinking of the classic question, if a tree falls in the forest with no one to hear it, does it make a sound?

The physicist who thought this up gives a fuller explanation of how he came up with this idea on his University's website:

The Sound of the Big Bang: Planck Version (2013)

I enjoyed this as a distraction after watching far too much coverage of the Boston bomber's capture. I thought my head would blow up from too much of that! (lol) Besides that, in the Intheweek.com article, the comments readers made that pop up as the sound file plays are pretty funny.
 

Judy C. (102)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:06 pm
Oh yes, I forgot to say Kit also asked a question that's a kind of twist on the tree in the forest question. Various scriptures, whether one is a believer or not, talk of Sound, or of The Word, as the beginning of creation.
 

Alan Lambert (97)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:40 pm
Fascinating
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:38 am
Ok - thanks for the article.
 

Russell R. (87)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:15 pm
Like I am reall y going to take anything serious from a site that also carries these stories:
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