It seems natural to ask why the universe exists at all. Modern physics suggests that the universe can exist all by itself as a self-contained system, without anything external to create or sustain it. But there might not be an absolute answer to why it exists. I argue that any attempt to account for the existence of something rather than nothing must ultimately bottom out in a set of brute facts; the universe simply is, without ultimate cause or explanation.
- Pub Date:
- February 2018
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics;
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- Invited contribution to the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Physics, eds. E. Knox and A. Wilson