The hypothesis is called "cosmological inflation" and this model helps cosmologists explain many tricky questions about how our universe was formed.
But according to a group of British cosmologists, inflation really throws a wrench (a.k.a. "a spanner") into the Cosmic engine - if the physics behind the recently discovered Higgs boson are solid, the rapid inflationary period immediately after the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago would have thrown our early universe into chaos.
In fact, things would have gotten so out of hand within the first second of our universe's creation that we shouldn't even be here - the universe would have collapsed - known, unsurprisingly, as the "Big Crunch" - into nothing even before matter could condense out of the Big Bang's primordial mess of energy.
ANALYSIS: Higgs Boson Discovery = Cosmic Doomsday?
In research presented today (Tuesday) at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth, UK, Malcolm Fairbairn and Robert Hogan of King's College London (KCL) discussed the implications of recent discoveries in particle physics and the origins of our universe. Their conclusions will likely cause some unrest.