Apparently there is a new theory being presented claiming that the universe may not have started with a bang. It all stems from the unresolved issue of dark matter. In a new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter. In fact, the universe may have no beginning at all. The new theory suggests that the age of the universe could be infinite. The big bang singularity came out of the math of Einstein's theory of general relativity. However, in Einstein's formulation, the laws of physics actually break before the singularity is reached. The new theory looks at an older way of visualizing quantum mechanics, called Bohmian mechanics. In it, a hidden variable governs the bizarre behavior of subatomic particles. Unlike other formulations of quantum mechanics, it provides a way to calculate the trajectory of a particle. Using this old-fashioned form of quantum theory, researchers have calculated a small correction term that could be included in Einstein's theory of general relativity. Then, they figured out what would happen in deep time. The new math is attached below.

You know, back when Hawking's came up with his theory it was a much different time. There's a good chance he has been wrong, but trying to get people interested in a more provable theory that goes against his won't be as easy today because the interest in that stuff just isn't there anymore and not even within the academic community itself. It's a very different time now