There’s a story about how Dr. Albert Einstein was traveling to Universities in his car, delivering lectures on his theory of relativity.
During one journey, his driver remarked “Dr. Einstein, I have heard you deliver that lecture about 30 times. I know it by heart and bet I could give it myself.”
“Well, I’ll give you the chance”, said the good Doctor. “They don’t know me at the next University, so when we get there, I’ll put on your cap, and you introduce yourself as Dr. Einstein and give the lecture.”
The driver delivered Einstein’s lecture without a single mistake. When he finished, he started to leave, but one of the professors stopped him and asked a complex question filled with mathematical equations and formulas. The driver thought fast. “The answer to that problem is so simple,” he said.
“I’m surprised you have to ask me that! In fact, to show you just how elementary it is, I’m going to ask my DRIVER to come up here and answer that question!”
One of my favorite passions that I don’t get a chance to get into often with others, is physics — particularly quantum physics. I’ve had a love of what makes the universe tick since I was a kid watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and trying to wrap my head around the idea of Warp Drive.
One of my favorite theories of what makes the universe tick is “Where did we come from? Is this all there is — is there anymore than what we see?” We now know there is matter beyond the subatomic, particularly if you, like me subscribe to String Theory.
The Multiverse theory is the the ideology that says our universe isn’t the only one out there. Our universe exists like a bubble in an ocean filled with other bubbles. Each bubble has it’s own laws of physics, some are compatible with our own, others are not. For instance, one may be a universe filled with a liquid. Others, like ours, contain a vacuum of dark matter. Others may be a solid mass. Another ideology of the multiverse is the idea of parallel universes; in which all possible outcomes that can happen DO happen — in another universe. For instance, there is the possibility YOU are the President of the United States. Another could be where you weren’t born at all. This is only one possible theory of the multiverse.
One of the physicists that helped bring the idea of the multiverse to the mainstream in theoretical physics is one of my favorite scientists, Dr. Michio Kaku. Dr. Kaku is often referred to as “the man who made theoretical physics understandable for everyone.” Indeed, as a young man, he asked his mother for permission to build a nuclear accelerator in his garage as a science fair project. His other agreed — and he built a reactor so massive, that, once he plugged in and flipped the switch, to which the device drew so much power, that it blew EVERY fuse in the service box in their home. A short time later, the son who blew the the service box in the house out of commission wound up getting a scholarship to Harvard; from which he graduated summa cum laude. Today, he is the Professor of Theoretical Physics at City College of City University of New York. In his teaching capacity, he’s delivered countless lectures on the matter, including his futurist philosophies of time travel, travel between universes, the multiverse theory itself, and the physics and technology of the future.
I love learning about what makes things work… even the [multi?]universe we all live in.