String Theory

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  1. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 16 years ago

    I just heard this on TV...but can't remember it all.
    The partial definition of String Theory is something like: quantum mechanics is all about the smallest, and theory of relativity is the other end of the spectrum, string theory ties it all together and has been going on forever and is continuous.

    So what does that mean? Any thoughts or more specific definitions to help make it more clear, without using too many big words and ideas? Make it simple, please! smile

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      sandra rinckposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      Oh there are many books out there on string theory.  You could read The Elegent Universe, or String theory.

      String theory is a little hard to explain without having a drawing for you.  let me check the net for a good pic. and get back to you. 


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      sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Oh fun!  Let me try.

      If you could imagine a gigantic ball of yarn, I mean big, big.  It has a beginning and somewhere it has an end. 

      Now, unroll the ball and see where it goes.  Relativity suggest that it will go to what it is attracted to, quatum mechanics suggest that it will come right back to where it began. 

      Quantum mechanics is sometimes mind boggling because in quantum theory, the smallest thing imaginable is also the largest.

      With that in mind, I like to picture an atom threw a microscope.  Now a planet way off in the distance threw a telescope.  They don't really look any different but they are bound by the laws of nature. 

      In essence I am saying, when looking at what is so small yet is seperated by what seems to be empty space, and what is so large and still surrounded by seemingly empty space, what you have left is a magical connection. wink  the string theory. 

      If that doesn't do anything for you then let me know and I will try another anology.  smile
      atoms sun

      oh, I almost got ahead of myself.  The string theory suggest that you could bend space around you or take short cuts through space, and the way I like to think about it is;

      You are already there and here.  Seing the make up of all the smallest things is the make up of all the largest things, then (knowing you, you will understand this) in theory, you just made a quatum jump through a worm hole or hitched a ride on a string because you are here and there. 

      Ever seen Event Horizon?  when they explain time travel on a piece of paper and the fastest way to get from pt. a to pt. b is the fold the paper?...

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 16 years ago

    So, you watch CSI too? big_smile

    1. SparklingJewel profile image66
      SparklingJewelposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      caught me ! big_smile

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    sandra rinckposted 16 years ago

    Ok that is a tuff one to give a good picture example of. 

    Jenny can probablay tell you, I would just sound more like an dork if I even tried to explain this one.  smile

  4. rmr profile image66
    rmrposted 16 years ago

    Stephen Hawking gives a pretty good explanation of string theory in his classic book "A brief history of time". He writes in a way that non-physicists can understand.

  5. SparklingJewel profile image66
    SparklingJewelposted 16 years ago

    My quest is to link religions/spirituality and science.

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      ColdWarBabyposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      I see no possible way to link the rationality of science with the baseless dogma or any organized religion.
      Spirituality is another matter.  I think you would find that a majority of scientists, at least those engaged in pure research, would qualify as spiritual.
      The underlying and rather dark goal of almost all organized religions is the conversion of EVERYONE.  If conversion can’t be achieved then extermination is preferred.  I don’t think there’s much chance of finding many scientists who believe that anyone who disagrees with evolution should be burned at the stake.

    2. aka-dj profile image63
      aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Just a small contribution to this concept. … e-Electron

  6. crashcromwell profile image66
    crashcromwellposted 16 years ago

    I'm glad I stumbled across this forum. I'm working on a chapter in a novel I am writing that incorporates String Theory into the plot. My understanding of String Theory is that there are not just the basic dimensions of height, depth, width and duration, but also incorporate as many as 7 other dimensions, which I can't begin to understand. I just stumbled across a website, at … eation.htm , that contends there is a 12th dimension, that being the Creator or God.

    In the chapter I am writing, I've managed to deposit my evil villain into the11th dimension, where he is trapped until he can find a way to escape. The problem I'm having is finding a credible means by which he can escape, which he must do, since he has a rather important role in the final chapter.

    You folks have any ideas how I can get this guy out of the mess I've made for him?

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      sandra rinckposted 16 years agoin reply to this

      maybe someone could offer him an ice cream cone!  smile

  7. crashcromwell profile image66
    crashcromwellposted 16 years ago

    If an icecream cone mysteriously appears in a parallel universe, but there is no one there to lick it, does it still taste good?

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    naslund26posted 15 years ago

    String theory in a nut shell is a way to tie in and explain the week gravitational force in the universe with the theory of everything big like the theory of reletivity and quantum theory of everything small to ultamatly explain the big bang and when and why the universe was created, and the way to understand  this is to imagine everything small like atoms are wavy vibrating strings that bend in space, and that there are up to seven and eleven dimentions that can be at any point in space like a door to another universe, sort of like having eleven bubbles with a seperate universe inside  and these bubbles are all connected, and at each point of touch there is a port hole like a taurus or a  donut hole to go between universes,so the total force of gravity is being shared or divided between universes. This is why the earths gravity is so week. string theory is just a way to explain why the universes gravity is so week.

  9. packerpack profile image61
    packerpackposted 15 years ago

    I do not have proper answer to this but there is one thing that I would like to share about the choice of the name "string theory". Why string and why not rock theory or anything else.

    It happens that if one can see into the electrons and protons then one will see that what appears as a dot is actually a string vibrating with a particular frequency. Different fundamental particles vibrate with different frequency. It is this frequency that gives them their characteristics. Hence, if one can manage to change the frequency of an electron to that of a proton then an electron could be changed to a proton. It all depends on the frequency of the string that is vibrating. Hence the name string theory. I just read it somewhere, correct me if I am wrong!

  10. Pete Maida profile image61
    Pete Maidaposted 15 years ago

    I read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time.  I found it fanscinating but unfortunately I understood about ten percent of it.  I go back to it now and then when I think some of the concepts have sunk in a little more.  It really is great stuff.

  11. Shalini Kagal profile image53
    Shalini Kagalposted 15 years ago

    SparklingJewel, if you are looking for a link, maybe this would provide a better one than the String Theory:

    It's a fascinating universe we live in, isn't it?

    1. packerpack profile image61
      packerpackposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That article was very interesting. Could not read the whole thing. I really liked the aquarium analogy presented by David Bohm to defy Aspect's findings. It is simple but really good.


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