Why The Big Bang? Part 1: Infinity

“Next contestant Sybil Fawlty from Torquay, special subject the bleeding obvious”

–   John Cleese, Fawlty Towers

In these posts I want to present a line of reasoning that is an explanation of why this universe exists, and in particular why it started with a Big Bang.

There are a few points to cover so it will require a bit of patience on your part. Along the way I will be attempting to answer three questions in particular:

                What do we mean when we say infinity exists?

What do we mean when we say mathematics exists?

                What do we mean when we say the universe exists?

A key part of my line of reasoning is the presumption that the universe is finite along the lines of digital physics. To try and persuade you of this I need to first talk about infinity as it is presented in mathematics and this requires me to talk about the axioms of mathematics, where infinity first makes its ugly appearance. Continue reading


Hello. This blog is about digital physics (DP), a fringe-but-not-fringe view of the fundamental physics of the universe that considers the physics of the very small to be ultimately discrete – both with respect to distance and time. My aim is to present some readable, understandable commentary on issues around DP for anyone interested and prepared to listen. While I may present some mathematics, I’ll attempt to keep the wordy parts comprehensible on their own.

I also plan to create some simulations (with movies) but alas, I may well be confusing Ambition with Ability. Continue reading