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Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing?

Carroll, Sean M. (2018) Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? . (Submitted) http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180221-105036200

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Abstract

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.


Item Type:Report or Paper (Discussion Paper)
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Carroll, Sean M.0000-0002-4226-5758
Additional Information:This research is funded in part by the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics at Caltech and by DOE grant de-sc0011632.
Group:Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0011632
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