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Inflationary hypotheses: The construction of matter and the deep field problem

Grant, Iain Hamilton



Susanne Pfeffer


The Hubble Ultra Deep Field consists of an image, published in 2006 but shot between September 2003 and January 2004, of a tiny part of the Galaxy: the constellation of Fornax, which lies just below Orion in the night sky. The image was constructed by the Hubble space telescope taking photographs of the most red-shifted light available to it, that is, farthest removed from it, and compiling these into a single image, comprising therefore the oldest elements of the visible universe. According to the project’s leader, Massimo Stiavelli, it took the Hubble project to within “a stone’s throw of the Big Bang” – yet that stone’s throw encapsulates the entire problem: how to record the origin of the universe. Based on a hypothesis concerning the universe’s creation, the Ultra-Deep Field is indeed a milestone in the pursuit of that creation, which ultimately seeks coordinates where there can be none, since they have yet to emerge; a locus where none can be given, from which the origin of the universe can be recorded as the origin of the universe. It is precisely this tension in the concept of cosmological emergence that is the metric of its adequacy, since if the condition of the emergence of coordinates around what is necessarily without them is not satisfied, then creation is not being thought or imaged.


Grant, I. H. (2015). Inflationary hypotheses: The construction of matter and the deep field problem. In S. Pfeffer (Ed.), Speculations on Anonymous Materials. Berlin: Merve

Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Speculations on Anonymous Materials
ISBN 9783883963587
Keywords ultra deep field problem, philosophical cosmology
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