August 21, 2012 6:31 AM Subscribe
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The start of the Universe should be modeled not as a Big Bang but more like water freezing into ice, according to a team of theoretical physicists at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University
. Results published this month in Physical Review D
) (via ABC Science)
"Think of the early universe as being like a liquid," [lead researcher James Quach] said. "Then as the universe cools, it 'crystallises' into the three spatial and one time dimension that we see today. Theorised this way, as the Universe cools, we would expect that cracks should form, similar to the way cracks are formed when water freezes into ice."
The Sydney Morning Herald has an audio clip
of Quach describing the theory.