When it comes to the Big Bang, you shouldn't believe everything you hear. In this week's "Ask a Physicist," we ask whether hyperinflation of the entire universe is sensible or just plain nuts.
Some time ago, I put a plea in a column for people to ask me questions about inflation. Lots of you took the bait, including Matt DiGioia who seems to relate an understanding of the universe with his personal well-being. However, I got so many interesting questions about other things, that like a puppy or a roomba, I was easily distracted. Finally, two months later, it's time to get down to bidness: