Could there be many universes? Specifically, ten in the five-hundredths? What if in the future, it would be possible to create universes in the laboratory? Finally, do we live in ten dimensions without realizing it?
These unbelievable ideas belong to the research team of Dimitris Nanopoulos, professor of physics at the University of Texas and a member of the Academy of Athens.
According to the Athens News Agency, Mr. Nanopoulos estimates, based on mathematical equations, that it is possible that there are ten in the five hundredth universes. The theory of supersymmetry and the superstring theory state that, except the known four dimensions – three of space (length, width, height) and the time – there are still six or seven, which are “folded” in terribly small space, which means that there could be 10 or 11 dimensions in total.
“We live in ten dimensions, but do not realize it,” said the scientist.
The theory of the multiverse or parallel universes has many different versions, one of which is strongly supported by Mr. Nanopoulos, who stressed that such a theory is only meaningful if it is proven experimentally, and this could happen using the Large Hadron Collider of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).
The Greek physicist supports that each universe (including our own) in this multiverse may have its own separate physical laws that apply only to it, while the laws governing the other universes may be unimaginably different or somewhat similar, but certainly have common gravity.
Moreover, according to Nanopoulosc, there is an infinite process of the formation of universes, which eliminates the concept of the beginning and the end of times.
The other universes, so-called “bubbles of reality” that make up the multiverse, may be very close to each other but can not communicate. However, it is not excluded that it might be possible to move from one universe to another. All universes with their particular laws derived basically by themselves, as a “local mutation” of space in an existing universe.
Mr. Nanopoulos did not exclude even such science fiction scenarios which assume that some universes could be the creation of a “hacker” in another universe.
He noted that if one day, the theory of the multiverse is proven, then “we will understand the mechanism of the formation of universes”, and despite it may sound outrageous, “it is likely that it will be possible to create a universe in the laboratory in the future.”
Moreover, he said that the universe we live in now can be formed again in the future or could have already existed several times. It is known that the universe we see (the visible matter), which is 13.7 billion years old, is only 4% of the total matter, and the rest is invisible, consisting of “dark matter” (23%) and “dark energy” (73%).
It is estimated that only in our universe, there are about 100 billion galaxies, and each of them has about 100 billion suns with a huge number of planets orbiting them. Mr. Nanopoulos also said that one day, the sun will “turn off”, but our universe, which is constantly expanding, is “open”, so it will never “die”, and it is likely to make a “transition” to another universe-bubble.
Commenting on the philosophical implications of the theory of the multiverse, the professor said that it refers to a “new Enlightenment”, which opens new avenues for humanity, and denied that there are limits in the ability of the human mind to perceive the reality of the universe, except its inevitably quantitative limits on the accumulation of knowledge.
At the same time, he agreed with the estimations of other scientists that the Earth sooner or later “will hardly bear” its problems, so we need to prepare for the migration to other planets.
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