Expand Your Mind - What is the Multiverse Theory by Dr Michio Kaku
I am not a physicist. I’m not even a scientist. But I am so interested in space and time, how it all began, and most of all, time travel! I think it is incredibly amazing when I hear or read something that is stuff on the cutting edge of science from one of these guys that are so amazingly smart, yet they can boil it down in laymen’s terms. It usually makes me wonder why I never got into science in high school or college. Sometimes I even go so far to pick up a physics book and try to read it. When that happens, I usually wake myself up with a puddle of drool on page 3. “Oh, yeah,” I say to myself. “That’s why I never got into science.”
But there are people, like Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku, who are on the cutting edge and are incredibly eloquent that it makes you want to go out and find that book to read more about what you’ve just heard. For example, I recently saw a BBC World interview with Professor Kaku and he blew me away with phrases like.
- 11 Dimensional Hyperspace
- String Theory
- Dark Matter
- Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
What I love about Dr. Kaku’s work is that he is challenging the conventional wisdom for how people view the universe, how it began, and where it is going. His explanations are so interesting, I think, because he uses examples and stories that people like me can relate to. One of the best examples was his reference to H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” to explain how parallel universes can be in our own universe without us detecting it. Then he hits you with science: the gravitational field of things we can’t see can be used to detect its presence.
Before I start nodding off, he brings me back by explaining that the Hubble Telescope can detect dark matter in this way. Pretty cool stuff, if you ask me. Could the dark matter be the outline of another universe? Is it a Bizaro World where the parallel me lives in a 10,000 sq. ft. house and doesn’t have to post hubs to get a pathetic $0.83 a day?! Maybe she could lean over someday and give me a hint to living the good life!
Anyway, he got me thinking about how it is so interesting how religion has helped shaped science and, perhaps, vis versa. People used to believe that the Earth was the center of the universe. People who thought otherwise were burnt on a stake. Now, the conventional wisdom is all around the “Big Bang Theory” on how the universe began.
The Big Bang is the singularity at the beginning of the universe. In the moments after that, things were colliding into one another to form new elements and what would eventually become our planet. And from that moment on, the universe has been constantly expanding. There is (or was) even debate as to if the rate of expanding has slowed down or if it is speeding up. To know this, they have to see the edge of the universe. Can you imagine?!
Scientists are all about the data. “Show me the data,” they say. Their mentality is not to blindly accept conventional wisdom. Their thirst for this knowledge is so great, they are continuously sending new and more powerful satellites into space to provide answers to their most puzzling questions. I think we would all do well to add a little doubt to our daily routine.
In "Physics of the Impossible" Dr. Kaku's writes just as he speaks, with a simple eloquence that makes these complex concepts accessible to the non-Physicist mind.
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