How can the Big Bang singularity exist if it has zero volume? I tried googling to find the answer - no help.

Can someone give a general idea how can the big bang singularity exist even if it has zero volume. Please try to avoid post graduate concepts as I am only familiar with high school physic.


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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, but your question is completely unclear to me. For all we know, electrons are point particles with zero volume, yet they exist... $\endgroup$ – Danu Sep 27 '14 at 7:52
  • $\begingroup$ Hashir, can you explain why you think something with zero volume cannot exist? Or is it specifically tied to a singularity somehow? $\endgroup$ – BMS Sep 27 '14 at 8:12
  • $\begingroup$ As Danu says, at least from the point of standard particle physics, all matter and energy is carried by zero-volume points. $\endgroup$ – Void Sep 27 '14 at 8:45
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    $\begingroup$ What singularity are you asking about -- the singularity at the center of a black hole, the initial singularity of big bang theory, or something else? $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Sep 27 '14 at 8:54
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    $\begingroup$ I am asking about the initial singularity before big bang. $\endgroup$ – Hashir Omer Sep 27 '14 at 9:10

Have a read through Did the Big Bang happen at a point? and the answers to it.

The singularity at the Big Bang is the zero time limit of the equation (the FLRW metric) that describes the expansion of the universe. Most physicists believe that this is a mathematical artefact and does not describe what actually happened. It seems likely that some quantum gravity effect becomes important at the incredibly high energies and densities near the Big Bang, and this prevented the singularity from occurring.

Singularities are common in mathematics. For example the simple function $y = 1/x$ is singular at $x = 0$ because the expression $1/0$ has an undefined value. Since we use mathematics to describe physical systems it's not unusual to find our theories predict singularities under some circumstances. In general the response to this is to believe that the mathematics we've used is an approximation and the predicted singularities would disappear if we used a more accurate mathematical model.

So the answer to your question is that the singularity probably didn't exist.


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