The Universe | a Multiverse of | Parallel Universes |

Let me start this all over again. I looked at this blog last evening, horrified, well astonished anyway, at the grammatical errors that I saw beaming out at me in just the first sentences, corrected these immediately and went on writing into the early morning, to wake up to look at the same mistakes beaming back at me. Somehow all the edits I wrote, ‘updated’ and subsequently previewed, vanished – despite the alleged ‘autosave’ feature. The process of researching and writing this has started to spin off into hours, upon hours of multi-verses ‘-))

The scientific pop-culture video which I watched in 2008, for which I referenced the various scientists featured in the production at the end of this blog, has since been taken ‘off the air’. However, embedded within this blog, Curiosity: Parallel Universes – Are They Real ? are a series of videos on the same subject – Parallel Universes – produced by the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic and the BBC. The top one half-way down the page features a 42 minute video narrated by Morgan Freeman, produced by the Discovery Channel in 2011. It communicates the subject clearly to the lay person, describing the statistical likelihood that we don’t just live in one uni-verse, but in an infinite expansion of many universes, or a mulitverse of parallel universes. The patterns repeat, infinitely. Here is more information on the subject multiverse. One scientist, Andre Linde describes the inflation cosmology theory. However another physicist, Paul Steinhart has a different view. He imagines an additional fourth spatial dimension to our three-dimensional world, which is separate by only a very thin membrane; a separate, parallel universe that doesn’t actually interact with ours. The theory is called the Brane cosmology.

The producers elicit that the mathematical calculations of theoretical physicists – who describe the infinitesimally small world of microscopic particles – and cosmologists – whose scope is the infinitely large one of the cosmos and its origins, project a world that goes beyond the 3 dimensions of time and space (width, length and depth), to one of 11 dimensions. And both describe this exciting world of vibrating membranes, on the microscopic and cosmic level.

In particle physics, theoretical physicists describe the movements of electrons and quarks within atoms, as being 1-dimensional lines, or vibrating “strings”, the oscillating movement distinguishing them from being 0-dimensional objects. The successive different versions of String theory have expanded into M-theory, referring to vibrating membranes. M-theory is an extension of string theory involving 11 dimensions.

In fact, M theory explains how the tiniest and the largest things in the universe function. Scientists looking at how the universe was formed and how it’s shaped, propose an origin describing super-sized membranes colliding with each other, producing an expansion of bubbles, each containing universes expanding in the bulk. It proposes that among a myriad of membranes, our universe is tethered to just one membrane wall.

You can read more about “Bubble Collisions in the very early universe“.

These giant walls of energetic matter, separate universes, float side by side, like huge sheets in the bulk/hyperspace. The membranes can be very close to each other, perhaps just a millimeter apart. An entire universe can be attached to a brain, or a universe can occupy the whole of another one. Look, I’m not making this up, I’m perhaps a bit sloppily mashing the concepts together, because indeed, I’m not a physicist nor a mathematician, but someone intellectually and emotionally interested in the subject matter!

Physicists realize that to make sense of everything, Einstein’s principles of gravity in unison with quantum mechanics, the universe must exist in 11 dimensions. 6 or 7 of them in all probability are very tiny, and exist right in front of us.

Among the different interpretations of parallel universes; level 1 describes that statistically, duplicate universes must exist, but would be so far away that the light would never reach us for us to be able to detect them. Level 2 describes replica universes, separated from us in time and space. In the level 3 parallel universe, duplicates exist right here, right now, present in the exact same space and time, but undetectable by us because they are in a different dimension; among which there are an infinite number of them – in the many worlds theory. One small quantum difference could separate you from an entire universe, where there are multiple copies of yourself.

In the world of quantum mechanics, electrons have been detected to appear, then disappear, and can be in multiple places at the same time. This is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Just as electrons can exist in several places at the same time, so can these parallel universes. Parallel universes occupy the same space, in a different dimension.

Scientists at Fermi Lab are looking for these extra dimensions, through smashing microscopic particles together at super speeds in large particle accelerators. They say that the smoking gun (scientific evidence that is highly suggestive in favor of the hypothesis) is gravity, a very weak force. The particles that carry gravity are called gravitons. Physicists look for the disappearance of gravitons during the collision of particles, indicating that they’ve slipped off to another dimension.

As I watched this video, taking screen grabs and also sound clips (as I am producing a new song called “string_to_m_theory”, as I was saving the second last file regarding multiple.universes 2, two sound clips shot out so that suddenly there were two simultaneous windows, saving the same sound clip, at the same time. Then when I got to this place in the video which I wanted specifically to record the physicist, Max Tegmark of MIT making a statement, in order to loop it, the computer spun out a second window of the same video, so that now two were playing at the same time, which was captured in that 2_mutiple.universe.mp3 clip. Weird!

What scientists theorize, is that these passageways, bridges or portals between different dimensions, are what are called worm holes, or “Einstein-Rosen Bridges”, since it was Albert Einstein and his colleague in 1935 who first conceptualized these hypothetical features in spacetime, as shortcuts, from one dimension to another.

Though it may be theoretically impossible for a human being to survive moving through a wormhole, the biggest problem is that you wouldn’t know where you might wind up. One idea that scientists have, is that if this wormhole is microscopic in size, they could build an atom-sized nanobot (in the realm of nanotechnology, a microscopic-sized robot), to carry the DNA of the human species with it, to seed another dimension, just as the seeds from trees pollinate the area around them carried by the wind. Scientists believe that if a future high-tech generation were able to create enough energy – such as by focusing numerous high-powered laser beams to the same point – that this enormous concentration of energy (Planck’s constant) could burn a hole into the fabric of spacetime, to induce a wormhole. Enormous energy concentrated at a single point could cause space and time itself to become unstable, causing little bubbles to form.

Bubbles which are gateways or portals to other universes. In other words, they would be playing God.

The physicists who were being interviewed for this documentary.


For your information: I’m currently writing a book (under the guise of a Children’s book, yet for teenagers on up ‘-), in which I’m incorporating basic physics concepts into the tale. A quest of two characters’ towards reaching this utopian place. I then intend to create an e-book, in which music compositions will accompany the text and illustrations. I’m a bit daunted, yet somehow these various blogs I’ve been involved in are ultimately part of the research. I’ve decided to not yet make the title public!