Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology / Re: What time frame is used for the early universe (shortly after the "Big Bang")?« on: 14/05/2013 20:42:50 »
zbhfw this is definitely not a stupid question, and the assertions you make in your post are something I wonder about myself. I don't find the single reply to satisfactorily answer your question, but I am also not well-versed enough in early universe cosmology to provide answers to a question that should have concrete answers. The definition of these occurrences in the nascent development of the universe by these cosmologists is of course confounded by relativity. However, it is even further complicated by the idea that the physical laws of the universe evolve over time. In the very early universe, did relativistic 'conditions' exist, and therefore does the time frame matter? Were the fundamental forces even established? Something like the cosmic background radiation cannot tell us these things.