From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Before the ocean and the earth appeared— before the skies had overspread them all— the face of Nature in a vast expanse was naught but Chaos uniformly waste. It was a rude and undeveloped mass, that nothing made except a ponderous weight; and all discordant elements confused, were there congested in a shapeless heap." --Metamorphoses by Ovid
There are many competing theories about the ultimate fate of the universe. Physicists remain unsure about what, if anything, preceded the Big Bang. Many refuse to speculate, doubting that any information from any such prior state could ever be accessible. There are various multiverse hypotheses, in which physicists have suggested that the Universe might be one among many universes that likewise exist.
- The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos.
- An entity similar to our universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.
- Everything under consideration.
- A sample taken from the population.
- An imaginary collection of worlds.
- A collection of stories with characters and settings that are less interrelated than those of sequels or prequels.
- A whole world, in the sense of perspective or social setting.
- That didn’t just rock my world, it rocked my universe.
- The Earth, the sphere of the world.
From Middle English universe, from Old French univers, from Latin universum (“all things, as a whole, the universe”), neuter of universus (“all together, whole, entire, collective, general, literally turned or combined into one”), from uni-, combining form of unus (“one”) + versus (“turned”), perfect passive participle of vertō (“to turn”).
- clockwork universe, Herbrand universe, known universe, observable universe, parallel universe, risk universe, universe of discourse
- Cosmic latte
- Hindu cosmology
- Clockwork universe
- Dyson's eternal intelligence
- Esoteric cosmology
- False vacuum
- Final anthropic principle
- Fine-tuned Universe
- Hindu cycle of the universe
- Jain cosmology
- Kardashev scale
- The Mysterious Universe (book)
- Non-standard cosmology
- Observable universe
- Omega Point
- Rare Earth hypothesis
- Religious cosmology
- Universe of discourse
- Vacuum genesis
- World view
- Zero-energy Universe