Sub-Microscopy at www.microscopy-uk.org.uk    
    Previous Articles and Subjects
     

About
Enthusiast or Amateur Microscopy is normally seen to be the study of material and life carried out and enjoyed using an  Optical Microscope.  Optic al Microscopes are limited to magnification of about 1600x, which allows us to study down to the level of single celled life and bacteria, albeit - you don't get to see a lot inside bacteria.

However, since people interested in our world at the tiny level  or experience, are often also curious at the world and reality at far more reduced sizes of scale, I thought it would be interesting to open a new section which will delight and encourage understanding of reality at the atomic and sub-atomic level.

Since none of our contributors have access to tools and instruments to probe reality at these exotic depths, most material here exists on other web sites. This section provides
a gateway to other peoples' work and material and will be added to on an ad-hoc basis.

Mol.

 

.




 

 

Big Bang

 

24th November 2011
The smallest  entity  that ever existed is probably  the Big Bang - an affectionate name given to the creation moment of the known universe. Evidence suggests our Universe started around 13.7 billion years ago as a singularity - a fluctuation in the presence of nothing, which started as an exotic, super small, point containing everything present in our reality today. The point existed for a very  tiny period before expanding massively (inflated) to generate the vast near- infinite cosmos.  It continues to expand at an ever-increasing rate.

A singularity  is a term given to something in the universe which defies or confounds our ability to understand it within the rules and laws of physics and science. Entities named as singularities such as Black Holes are subject to dramatic and powerful forces. We believe the processes within them no longer obey  the laws which govern everything else in the Universe.

The Big Bang should not be imagined as an explosion. Liken it more to a balloon inflating rapidly and continuing to do so. Everything we see and detect in the cosmos exists only on the surface of the balloon, including us. Outside of its surface is nothing. I don't mean empty space: I mean nothing... no reality.

The Big Bang's original material/energy did not expand in space, it inflated and brought space and time with it. Yes. It's hard to imagine something inflating without also imagining an area for it to inflate in. But  this is just a problem for human comprehension as we are prejudiced and biased by a logical and rational brain.  When we think of creativity, we always think of a cause and that the effect is the thing created. Processes outside our domain of reality - for example, in another dimension - may have initiated the moment of the Big Bang, but we have no way of proving it, and can therefore only speculate.

The Large Hadron Collider Project in Switzerland is intended to recreate the high energy  conditions present in the first moments of the Big Bang to try and determine the existence of several suspected sub-atomic particles. Our current theories regarding the structure and hidden nature or reality  suggest certain particles possessing distinct properties should exist. If they are not discovered by the Collider experiments then we will have to rethink our theories.

 

 

More Resources...
Wiki - Big Bang

 

Microscopy-uk. Links and link material is Copyright of the target sites!