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Wait a second: What came before the big bang?

Not everyone thinks the universe had a beginning.
Flowers of the multiverse.

osmologists used to think the universe was totally timeless: no beginning, no end. That might sound mind-melting, but it’s easier on the scientific brain than figuring out what a set starting point would mean, let alone when it would be. So some physicists have cooked up alternative cosmological theories that make time’s role seem a little less important. The concepts are as trippy as those posters you had in college. Wait a

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