Another theory championed by theorists Stephen Hawking and Neil Turok was recently brought forth for public consumption. It is called the Pea Instanton. This theory is not one created by observation, rather was formed purely from mathmatical equations.
A major thorn in the side to thoerists of the early universe has been the singularity. So what do theorists do? Remove the thorn....or in this case.....remove the singularity. The Pea Instanton is not a point in space and time, rather it is an emerging blend of space and time. It has no point of creation, no past, and no future. This "pea" is described by one of its creators as being a ball with dimples.....like a pea. It is these dimples, caused by quantum fluctuations, that provide the shape of the sprouting universe.
It is out of this mind-wrapping mass that the universe sprang.
Now time for problems for this theory:
time will tell if this theory holds water or gets washed away like the
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