Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anti-Entropy

Out of the primordial cosmic dust of the Big Bang something strange happened: entropy reversed itself.
From that moment in space-time the laws of thermodynamics say that the universe should now be a homogeneous mass of particles that is ever expanding. But it isn’t. Cosmic dust coalesced into stars that fused atoms together and exploded them out into the universe. Those atoms coalesced into smaller stars and planets.
But how?
We’ve learned that there isn’t enough mass in the universe to explain how things are moving. It needs dark matter – which makes up over 90 percent of the universe – to make the math add up. We know that the universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate which requires dark energy to push things apart. But what we haven’t understood, until now, is how all the normal matter and energy got clumped up into stars and planets. It defies the laws of the universe as we know them.
We don’t even know what to call it yet, but we know it must exist. A force in the universe that is the opposite of entropy and brings order instead of chaos, but only in some places at some times. If you calculate the trajectory of all the stars in all the galaxies in all the universe and run it in reverse you’ll notice a pattern emerge. There are places that exist outside of space-time that reverse entropy when space-time moves through them.

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