Big Bang inflation. Conceptual artwork of several areas of inflation (domes) in the early universe. The term Big Bang describes the expansion of all the matter in the universe from an infinitely compact, high-temperature state 13.7 billion years ago. The inflationary theory proposes that during the extreme conditions in the Big Bang, conditions known as a false vacuum created a repulsive force that caused an incredibly rapid expansion, much faster than the ordinary expansion observed today. This accounts for the uniformity of the background radiation that is a remnant of the Big Bang. Rapid inflation could form separate 'bubble' universes.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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