“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