posted on Jun, 8 2006 @ 07:18 PM
I've been trying to do some conceptualizing about the shape or structure of the universe and I had an idea I need opinions on. Or most likely
someone with more knowledge that can straighten me out.
This might be an odd visualization but this is about all I have right now. Picture a balloon that has already expanded into a sphere. Inside the
balloon is a compressed glob of paint that could potentially fill the balloon but is very compact (see where I'm going?). The big bang would
represent this glob of paint being burst out onto the rest of the balloon. Because the burst doesn't impart equal force in all directions some edges
of the balloon are immediately filled and some lag behind. This is how I was trying to picture the universe.
I know it's been around for 15 billion years or whatever (6,000 if we ask St. Tom
) but we're seeing it on a such a small scale. Perhaps the
universe is expanding but ultimately won't lead to a big crunch. The universe could still be in an early stage of expansion into it's final shape
of a sphere. So the universe would just look like a big expanding glob if viewed from an outsiders perspective.
I liked this because it theoretically covered some other questionable areas I have. I know that there are problems with entropy and the distribution
of stars and galaxies within the universe. I was thinking that the expansion of the universe could be working against the general entropy theory so
that on a large scale the distribution of stars would seem off. But for small scale objects the laws would still apply. As I understand entropy it
basically states that it's more likely for a system to become more disordered than ordered. The fact that life has evolved due to simple structures
joining to form larger and more complex structures would seem to go against this. But what if we're just in an area of the universe that is
particularly ordered? Maybe as time continues and the universe begins to assume a more spherical shape the distributions of stars, or white dwarfs
for example, would seem to equal out or make more sense.
I had another quick idea that I thought was interesting. I was trying to look at the universe in a different way to see if I could gain some more
perspective on it. I imagined that the universe was like the ocean, if you couldn't see the water. Then it made me think. What if the movement of
galaxies or stars are influenced by space 'currents' like the gulfstream or other oceanic forces? Is this feasible?
This is mostly just speculation and i'm not sure how much of it fits into our known science or thought. If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, or can
point me in the direction of someone who's already thought about this I would greatly appreciate. Or if you'd like to tell me I'm completely wrong
then that's cool too. Finding out you're wrong is a great way to get it right. Thanks again.