What Was Before Nothingness?


Luke Li, Journalist/Editor

As humans, we have asked many questions, after all, it’s a part of human nature. Among those reflections of our own existence, none have been more hotly contested than how the universe started. Could the idea of a divine being controlling our lives be plausible? How did the Big Bang even occur if there was nothing before it? Did the Big Bang even happen? 

Our tale begins 13 billion years ago when the universe was a tiny ball of dense, hot matter. Scientists have simplified the tough question over the years by inculpating what they call the “Big Bang”, an explosion of elements from a singularity point, which conveniently created everything the universe has ever known. Most physicists agree that the universe was filled with unstable subatomic particles, at some point it all exploded, clumping together and creating the first stars in a naked universe.

Nobody in history knows what happened around that point, they can only speculate. Perhaps in the near future, science will be advanced enough to better understand the complex question. In the past, great physicists have conjured explanations, sometimes laughable, this just shows the complexity of the question. For example, Fred Hoyle, a distinguished and famous physicist actually opposed the Big Bang Theory, “It did not make sense to talk about the creation of the universe unless one already had space and time for the universe to be created in.” (ironically, the term “big bang” actually came from his own words.) 

Infact, the question actually undermines itself; if there was something before nothingness, it wouldn’t be nothingness! All in all, the question is ill-defined and doesn’t make sense from a philosophical point of view, but we can still speculate. I’m sure the future holds the answer.