How teasing provoked a future scientist to understand the origins of time. The true nature of the beginning of time is a question that many ancient traditions have attempted to answer. Subodh Patil, now an assistant professor for Theoretical Physics, asked his father when he was a child the question that sparked his lifetime pursuit: what was the world like 100 years ago? Most of us accept the Big Bang theory. However, as Patil points out, the true origin of the universe may be something that we may never know.