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4. Cyclical Cosmology and Modern Cosmology
The Big-Bang theory is by far the most convincing explanation of the origins of the Universe of which we are but an infinitesimal part. A popular extension of it developed by Andrei Linde  involves the idea that the Universe is continually reproducing itself. That reminds us of the wisdom of India's ancient seers. Contrary to what the Big-Bang theory currently does not involve, those sages saw causes and effects, and cycles within cycles of birth, growth and eventual decay everywhere in nature. They also seem to have perfected technologies for acquiring impressive astronomical knowledge without the aid of external instruments; for otherwise how could they have arrived at the notion that the sun is 108 sun diameters away from the Earth and the moon is 108 moon diameters away from the Earth (modern values of these figures are 107.6 sun diameters and 110.6 moon diameters.) How could they have developed the notion that the creation of the universe, its growth and eventual annihilation, are cyclical processes without a beginning and without an end? How could they have figured out that the duration of each cycle is 4.32 billion years? How could they have arrived at the age of the present to a degree of magnitude comparable to that of modern science? How could they have known that the present sub-cycle (Mahayuga) started some 4 million years ago, a figure amazingly close to modern estimates of the time of evolution of the earliest forms of humans on Earth?
With riddles of this type in front of us, should we not consider reformulating our own cosmological concepts to bring them up to par with the cycles within cycles notion of India's ancient rishis? A recent model put forward a few years ago by Princeton University's Paul Steinhardt and Cambridge University's Neil Turok  is particularly relevant in this context. In their model, the visible universe exists within a three dimensional membrane or "brane" that can be simplistically imagined as a stretched rubber sheet. Another brane, separated by ours by only a microscopic distance, contains a "dark matter" universe. The brane that creates matter and radiation in each new cycle comes from the periodic collision of these two branes. Could dark matter be composed of anti-matter? Could that universe be the spirit world that the religions speak of? If so, what are the possible means of communication between the two universes? Is there another symmetrical form of electromagnetic radiation yet to be discovered, centered on the positron instead of the electron?These are the type of questions I hope some of the brilliant youngsters in the audience will be motivated to address in their scientific careers.