posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 01:28 AM
If one could heat a solid block of iron sufficiently the block of iron would first change to a liquid and then to a gas. If one then ionized that
resulting gas, thereby converting it into a plasma and then compressed the plasma into a volume smaller than the original volume of the solid, one
would have a very dense plasma indeed, but it would not be a solid even though it's density was greater than the original solid. If one continued to
remove electrons from the plasma the resulting volume would shrink. (Consider how much of the apparent volume of an atom is composed of nothing but
empty space and you can visualize how the volume of the plasma could shrink until the nuclei of each atom was finally forced into contact with all
it's nearest neighbors).
Such a substance[plasma] could not exist unless the shrinkage happened so suddenly that the individual nucleus of each atom simply did not have
sufficient time to transition to something besides a nucleus. As the plasma shrank it would heat up due to the tremendous forces being applied to it
to strip off the electrons. Finally, just prior to physical contact between all the various nucleus's, they would all come apart into their
constituient particles and further shrinkage would force the particles into closer & closer association. At some stage in the shrinkage process the
original block of iron would become a highly condensed soup of quarks with a volume so tiny relative to the starting volume that it could not be seen
even by a very powerful microscope.
How much further could the plasma/soup shrink? I don't know the answer to that question, but something tells me the shrinkage process could indeed
continue until all that remained was an incredibly tiny speck of compressed energy far, far denser than any solid could ever be. Does a black hole
reach that stage? No one knows for sure. Are all black holes created equal?, i.e., do some reach that stage and others not? Again, no one knows.
We do know that theoritically the volume of the original solid could shrink until it was so small it could pass right through normal matter without
ever touching anything. (Assuming the tiny speck of whatever did not still contain the gravity & inertia of the original mass--which it apparently
does, and further assuming it wasn't at a temperature that would vaporize whatever it was going through--which it would be). Just how far could the
shrinkage continue? No one has anything but the vaguest notion. Could the entire mass of the universe be brought together into such a point of near
nothingness? Some say yes and others no, but the truth is we don't know and can probably never know.
If indeed all the mass of the universe could be brought together into such a tiny, hot point would gravity still exist? If it did not, where did it
go? If it did, what force could possibly ever cause the point to suddenly expand/inflate back into a normal universe? GOD is just as good an answer
here as anything else.
As a final question, assume for a moment that the big bang did happen and that the entire universe inflated/expanded out of one incredibly tiny, hot
point of energy. As it expanded there would come a point in the expansion where densities and temperatures would have dropped enough that normal
matter could once again start to form. Supposedly, such did happen and equal (or nearly so) quantities of normal matter and antimatter were formed
simultaneously. Immediately thereafter they collided and destroyed one another--converting into pure energy in the process and leaving only a tiny
portion of normal matter behind. If this happened, where did all the energy go?
Are you confused yet? I sure as hell am.
[edit on 27-2-2006 by Astronomer68]