I guess everybody would have thought of this question sometime during their school days. When we don’t get a clear answer this question, we just get to make ourselves forcibly forget about it or ignore the question. Just like anyone I have also tried to dig into this question. I am not getting into complex mathematical analogies (partly because I am not interested in the same especially when we know the answer to all those complex analogies finally returns nothing).
The most upsetting answer to this question is from folks who give big analogies and finally the end of the page we notice he or she does not have the answer to this question and neither projected something which was worth reading the whole article or something new. So again back to square one. I hope not to do the same.
The most convincing piece of answer to this question that I could convince myself takes us to another equally mind boggling question – “does everything in this world have an end?” The answer to that question is probably a “NO”. Human intelligence is based on learning from surroundings and hence we assume that everything has an end (yes – except for the term infinity – which we have never seen or difficult to imagine and hence just ignore it). But probably the answer to the topic question lies in the probable fact that everything in the universe need not necessarily have an end and there are probably a few of them (notably the universe itself) which does not have an end.
I can logically prove this concept by a small bit of imagination (need not be a scientist) to imagine this bit. Suppose we against the analogy that there can be things without an end (including the universe). So we supporting the fact that Universe has an end. Going by that analogy, if we reach the end or edge of the universe, we get into the thought of what is beyond it. And then we travel to the edge of whatever is beyond it and then reach the edge of that as well. Then again we think what’s beyond the 2nd edge….this can go on…till we accept that there are things which does not have an end – which includes the universe as well. If that was not true we need to get to the final end of all the edges…and still be pondering open what is beyond that. And if that was not true that things don’t have an end then how we existent in a finite universe with countless edges where something lies beyond each edge? So this complex question can be better answered by the probable fact that Universe does not have an end and possibly there are other things without an end or edge which is tough for our intelligence to imagine.
The smallest of example to a never ending thing which we can easily think of is to start counting from zero…keep counting non-stop…we know that we proceeding to another concept which has no end. Similarly Universe is probably one of them which does not have an end or edge – and this could be just one of the those things which does not have an end!Read More