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The big bang got its name from a man who thought the theory was total nonsense

The phrase originated 69 years ago today.

a burst of light

No one knows what the big bang looked like, so here's a pretty picture of a big...something.

The is one of those theories that even the most casual student of science finds familiar and, at least at face value, is fairly easy to understand: we know the universe is expanding out in all directions, and some physicists figure there must have been a point when that whole thing started., and it’s been growing ever since.

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