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And He blew into the Universe.
than a million Planck times had passed. The Universe
was still highly curved and lumpy. Space was
full of matter: vector bosons, quarks, antiquarks,
leptons, antileptons and massive cosmic relics
such as monopoles
and solitons.17 The density
of matter made enormous space-time curvature.
And thermal fluctuations made chaotic bubbles
and lumpy fire soup.
And it came to pass that the Universe was in a metastable18 state.
A Marble on a Hill.
So motionless and still
for epochs had it been.
And then there came a wind.
Although there was no storm,
the wind became quite strong.
The marble shook a bit.
No longer did it sit.
The marble turned some more.
The wind began to roar.
It rolled along a path
of dirt between the grass.
And soon it reached the edge.
It passed a little ledge,
and down the slope it slid.
And like a wild kid,
and bouncing as it fell,
it tumbled down the hill.
Below it reached a pit.
Back-forth it rocked a bit.
There was a final roll.
It settled in a hole
down there below the hill.
Again, motionless and still.
17 Monopoles and solitons
are vast collections of elementary particles
that move together as a unit. They themselves
act as elementary particles except that,
instead of being point-like, they are spread out in space.
18 Metastable means temporarily stable.
330 The Bible According to EinsteinAnd the Universe, like unto a ball, began to roll. It was too late. The World began its fall. Thy Universe began to make a transition to another state.
First there came
a quantum fluctuation.
And then began the great Inflation.
The Universe was in transition.
And three-space underwent a huge expansion
as six-space made a great contraction.
Background vacuum energy was the explanation.
It fueled the great expansion.
It caused an exponentiation.
The Universe reached its final destination.
There was a final oscillation.
It settled in its new configuration.
Internal space deflated.
External space inflated.
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And that tiny piece of space,
which had been very lumpy,
became almost completely smooth.
The bumpy parts were thus removed.
like unto a wrinkled sheet of silk,
was stretched and smoothed.
about a huge dilution
of soliton and monopole populations.
These fleeting moments
would never be repeated.
Inflation caused the Universe to overcool.
And when inflation stopped, the Universe reheated.