How the Universe Was Made:
Before the Big Bang … and After
by Ken Roberts
One day God was working on his latest project. He was making a perfect
golden sphere. The sphere was so round, that there was nothing rounder. It
was so smooth, that there was nothing smoother. And it was so pure, made
of gold using only one type of atom, that there was nothing purer or more
You may be wondering why I am speaking of God as He. Well, it is a
constraint of the English language that I am using to tell this story. God
does not have a gender; God is He, She, It and everything else. God is plant,
animal, rock, water and air. And time — God is past, present, and future, if
those can be said to exist before the Universe. We will simply have to do the
best we can in order to tell this story, using metaphors and frail vocabulary.
So … God had made a perfect sphere. It was almost done. Only a name was
needed. The sphere was so perfect that only one bit of information would
be needed to describe the sphere. God would call it 1. Or maybe 0. God
hadn’t yet decided.
1 would be a good name, because it suggests One-ness, a Uni-Verse, a Poem
that says everything. 0 would be a good name because it suggests the round-
ness of a perfect sphere, and the syllable Om. Either way, one bit would
suffice for the sphere’s name.
While thinking about his decision, God took a coffee break. There was no
rush … Infinite time, actually. After preparing his coffee, God returned to
his workbench, where he had made the sphere. He set his coffee cup down
on the workbench, and turned to examining the sphere, making sure it was
perfectly smooth and pure.
Well, we’re here, so you know what happened. As God was concentrating
on the sphere, his elbow nudged the coffee cup, which spilled coffee all over
God’s workbench. God grabbed for the coffee cup, and the sphere, without
his full attention, rolled to the edge of the workbench and fell onto the
There was a Big Bang ! The perfect sphere was smashed into millions of
bits. Coffee dripped off the workbench and mixed into the breakage, and
created little bits of dark coffee and light cream. That became empty space
and stary galaxies, and everything else in the Universe. “Oops !”, said God.
What happened after the Big Bang? Well, God is probably working on
another sphere. Or, perhaps, She has a new project.